POLICE have issued a public alert amid a spate of “sophisticated” scams.
Every year the public loses billions of pounds to scammers across the UK.
“With scams ranging from the simplest trust trick to the most sophisticated high-tech online scam, it pays to stay up to date with the latest advice,” said a Lewes Police spokesman.
Advance Fee Fraud (AFF) occurs when fraudsters target victims in order to make advance or upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that do not materialize.
Examples of AFF include lottery and sweepstakes scams, inheritance scams, recovery scams, and career opportunity scams.
In one case, a West Sussex man was the victim of a fake job advertisement.
The victim applied for a security job on a recruitment website and later received an email about the job stating that the victim would have to pay an initial training fee and a professional license in order to take on the role.
The victim was told he had to act before the deadline or he would not be hired.
Losing his current job, the victim was keen to take on the new role and attempted to pay the £650 fee.
He was also asked for his passport and social security number for identification purposes.
“Fortunately, the victim’s bank blocked this payment, which alerted the victim to the fact that a scam was involved,” said a Lewes Police spokesman.
Here are some police tips on how to protect yourself:
- Don’t give out your bank details or pay any fees upfront.
- Be wary of potentially fake profiles on social media platforms that advertise jobs that don’t exist.
- Challenge claims that you are owed money for goods or services that you did not order or are unaware of.
- Don’t be pressured into paying a fee quickly.
- Watch out for recovery scams if you’ve been a victim in the past.
- Genuine agencies never charge fees to recover money lost to scammers.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20591360.police-sussex-issue-warning-amid-sophisticated-high-tech-scams/?ref=rss Sussex police warn of ‘sophisticated, high-tech’ scams