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Doorstep Scams


Fundraising page set up after elderly man loses pension money in distraction burglary

8th May 2019

Police are appealing for witnesses following a distraction burglary at an elderly man’s home in Poughill. The offence happened between 4.45pm and 4.55pm on Monday, April 29.

However, the Bude community weren’t going to let this go quietly and have pulled together and a Go Fund Me page has been set up to try and raise funds to replace those which were stolen from the man’s house. more


Criminal jailed again over cruel doorstep scam


14th May 2019


A cruel thief with a history of conning vulnerable pensioners is back behind bars - after he was spotted trying to scam a 93-year-old man on his own doorstep.

Scott Hibberts turned up at the man's home in Shirley on April 7, demanding money for guttering work he falsely claimed to have carried out the previous day. more


Doorstep criminal targeting elderly in Sunderland by asking to see bank statements


15th May 2019


A doorstep scam is being investigated after a woman knocked on doors in Sunderland asking to see bank statements.

Police have now warned those in the Redhouse and Downhill areas to be vigilant. more


Telephone Scams


The HMRC 'springtime tax scam' that you need to look out for in the coming weeks


13th May 2019


A wave of 'springtime scams' which could be set to hit the phones and computers of tens of thousands of people over the coming weeks.

HMRC have now issued a warning about the bogus messages in a bid to stop people falling victim to them. more


TPS scam alert issued


17th May 2019


Pembrokeshire Trading Standards are warning local residents of a current telephone scam.Callers claiming to be from the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) have been phoning residents asking them to pay for the service or to update their contact details. more

Online Scams

Fraud gang who used £10m online scam to pay for luxury lifestyle jailed for 43 years


9th May 2019


Criminals who conned victims out of £10 million to bankroll lavish lifestyles, have been jailed for a total of more than 43 years. Businessman Andrew Chukwu, 35, was the ringleader of the online scam, hacking into email accounts and tricking individuals and businesses into transferring money. more


Action Fraud warn of new 'sextortion scam' where criminals send victims their own passwords


16th May 2019


Action Fraud has warned the public of a terrifying new scam in which victims are sent their own passwords as evidence of a hack.

Criminals claim to have gained access to the victim's device following the viewing of pornographic material, relying on the premise of a surveillance hack to threaten the individual. more