Scam Alert

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Online Scams

149 victims were targeted in the county in the year to the end of September, losing £2,280,000 in total with an average loss of £18,700. Sadly four out of five attempts succeeded in Sussex in that time frame.

Romance scam typically involves the criminal contacting someone on a dating site and gaining their trust.
They tell their victim they need money for a family emergency, flights over to see them, or various other pretexts
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Trading Standards (TS) has urged customers to be vigilant when purchasing tickets from the secondary market, as people start preparing for Christmas.

The festive season sees people rushing to get in on passes for traditional pantomimes and concert tickets as gifts, but the TS released a statement Monday warning consumers about buying online. More

17th November 2018

Criminals are bombarding university students across the country with large numbers of fake tax refund emails, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning. The criminals are using seemingly legitimate university email addresses to appear convincing – such as "”. More

21st November 2018

Cybercriminals love the Christmas season, not only because people are shopping more but also because they are overburdened and stressed out.
This latter factor makes them an easier target for "social engineering” holiday scams, ranging from phishing emails to phone scams
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21st November 2018

Shoppers in Wales say they have been victims of internet scams amid continued high levels of online crime and low levels of cyber security.

17% of them are losing money due to a combination of internet scams, weak passwords and misplaced trust in websites. More

Telephone Scams

A Norfolk woman who almost fell victim to a scam in which she would have lost £25,000 said the fear of the experience left her in tears. More

Heartless criminals claiming to be police officers from Hertfordshire have defrauded an elderly East Hoathly man out of £8,600 in a subtly executed telephone deception. More

Phishing Scam

Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre said it has seen an increase in cases of ‘sextortion’ since the start of October.
Thirteen sextortion scam attempts were reported in the North Wales area last month.
Sextortion scams are a type of phishing attack where people are coerced into paying a BitCoin ransom because they have been threatened with sharing video of themselves visiting adult websites.