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There are many forms of scamming and this type of crime really angers me
Simon Jupp www.devonlive.com
It seems not a day goes by without another warning to remain vigilant against those who attempt to scam us or commit some act of fraud. This type of crime really angers me as it is often targeted at the vulnerable or more senior members of our community.
Only yesterday, I received a text claiming to be from my bank asking for authorisation for a large payment to a name I don’t recognise. I deleted it straight away.
Sadly, there are many forms of scamming in existence. A most recent example was when the government’s successful vaccination programme had just launched. I know of some who received a call or a text message asking them to register to receive the vaccine.
As part of this process, they were asked to part with private information such as bank account details. Some messages claimed to have been sent by a local GP surgery or the NHS, but this was simply not the case. Nobody should receive a text message or email asking for bank details when arranging an appointment to be vaccinated. If in any doubt, you should check with your local surgery.
Sadly, there are plenty of other scams doing the rounds. These include messages from HMRC stating you are due a tax refund or an email from a delivery company about a mysterious package that could not be delivered. In these cases, you are asked to provide personal information which is another attempt at possible identity fraud or to gain access to your bank account.
The figures are worrying. UK Finance, the organisation that represents the finance industry, state that their members had managed to stop £1.6billion worth of fraud last year though criminals were still able to steal £1.26billion through their unscrupulous activities. The National Crime Agency says there are roughly 3.4million incidents of fraud a year.
Victims do not only face possible financial ruin, but also suffer trust and self-esteem issues if they have been successfully scammed.
These days we are living in a more online and technologically reliant society which I believe can carry an increased risk of fraud. I have previously made representations on behalf of my constituents when their bank has announced permanent branch closures in my constituency, most recently in Exmouth.
One of the solutions always suggested is that online banking could be a possible alternative for these customers, but I know many who find the thought of this technology daunting and possibly frightening. If someone isn’t technically confident and forced into online banking, they could be more vulnerable when it comes to a sophisticated scam.
Thankfully there is plenty of good guidance available when it comes to battling those who wish to scam or commit an act of fraud against us.
Ofcom, the organisation that regulates the telecoms sector, has some very helpful information about the kind of scams to look out for and the tell-tale signs that a message or call is not genuine. Their website is ofcom.org.uk
Age UK also have a comprehensive website detailing the latest scams. Their site also outlines concerns regarding pension, postal, investment and cold calling scams. More can be found at ageuk.org.uk
If you want to report a scam, then you can contact Action Fraud which is the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre. Their number is 0300 123 2040 and their website is actionfraud.police.uk
The key to tackling this growing form of crime is to remain vigilant and to always question the information you are being asked to provide. Also, if you do receive something suspicious, then tell your friends and the organisations that I’ve listed.
By doing this we can all work to together to try and reduce cases of this nasty and pernicious criminal activity.