|Dear Subscriber,Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake PayPal emails.
How does it happen?
Criminals have been targeting people selling items online, by sending them emails purporting to be from PayPal. The emails trick victims into believing they have received payment for the items they’re selling on the platform.
Typically, after receiving these emails, victims will ship the item to the criminal. This leaves them at a further disadvantage having not received any payment for the item and also no longer being in possession of it.
How can you protect yourself?
If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
We all know Internet Crime and Scams is the fastest growing area of crime and this is a chance for us to help the Police with a little Prevention
As Covid19 disruption continues, being in a public engagement role is becoming increasingly difficult when you can’t engage with the public! As there is no indication of when NHW, WI and community meetings will be able to start up again, I am keen to try and reach out in alternative ways and this is where I need your help!
I’m after your teams local knowledge and contacts to get out important messages about online safety, fraud and scams to try and keep our communities safe.
Do you know of any community groups that would that are meeting virtually and would be interested in a cyber, fraud and scams input? I can deliver via Zoom, MS Teams and Circuit.
I am also interested in getting short articles published in local magazines and newsletters if you are able to provide details of these in your locality.
I’m also keen to promote our Facebook page (Leics Police Cyber Aware) which provides daily non-tech advice on how to stay safe online as well as warnings regarding scams and fraud.
We are of course keen to get both individuals and businesses signed up on the force community messaging service, Neighbourhood Link (www.neighbourhoodlink.co.uk)
Last but by no means least, my role is also to support and engage with local businesses so again, if you are aware of networking groups etc I’d be most grateful to receive information on these.
If you are a small business with under 50 employees, did you know that you can sign up for free core membership of the East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre? Visit https://www.emcrc.co.uk/membership for more details!
So if you or your group are interested in a cyber awareness training, please contact Samantha as shown below
|*||Leicestershire Police HQ, St. Johns, Enderby, Leicester LE19 2BX|
Warning after victim falls for fraud scam
Police are warning the public after a woman has fallen victim to a scam losing thousands of pounds.
The woman from the Braunstone area of Leicester received a call recently from someone alleging to be from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and that the woman owed money to them and a warrant had been issued for her arrest.
The caller stated that they were calling from a Leicestershire Police station and showed that they were calling from 0116 222 2222, the force’s switchboard number which was used previously to the national 101 number being introduced.
The woman, unfortunately, believed the caller and handed out several thousands of pounds via bank transfers and Amazon gift cards.
Rebecca Spillane, the force’s Fraud vulnerability officer, said: “This is a scam that we are aware of but what is unusual and concerning is that the caller managed to spoof the 222 2222 telephone number in an attempt to be calling genuinely from Leicestershire Police.
“While enquiries are continuing into this incident, I wanted to make people alert to the circumstances around this specific scam and make it known that police would never call you and ask you for money.
“If you are concerned that the caller is not genuine and you are being tricked into disclosing information to a criminal, always put down the phone without confirming any personal information. If you call us on 101 and speak to one of our call handlers, they will advise you about the call you have just received and how to make a report.”
Further information around fraud can be found here https://www.leics.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/personal-fraud/
Information from the HMRC on how to recognise a scam associated to them can be found here guidance on recognising scams