A girl from Cumbria has fallen for a typical scam asking her to pay for a parcel delivery which led to her losing almost £10,000. The scam is on the rise and catches people out since it doesn’t ask for a considerable amount of money. Nevertheless, once someone has entered their bank details scammers can steal people’s life savings.
A girl, from Cumbria, has told the police how she received a text message asking her to pay for a parcel to be delivered.
She then received a call from someone who said they were from the bank, claiming her account was in peril and she or he needed to transfer her funds into one other account urgently, reports Coventry Live.
Detective Sergeant Paul Hainsworth from the Warwickshire Police Economic Crimes Team said they’ve arrested a person in relation to the incident.
He said: “This arrest is example of how committed we’re to pursuing fraudsters in Warwickshire.”
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Alternatively, people can report a suspicious message to Motion Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Meanwhile, Britons are being warned to look out for messages from fraudsters pretending to be friends or members of the family asking for help paying bills.
It comes after a pensioner lost £1,700 after receiving an urgent, emotive request claiming to be from his daughter who was scuffling with the cost of living.
Paul Davis, director of fraud prevention at TSB, said: “A fraud loss shall be particularly painful for households during these tough economic conditions, so we’re urging the general public to be extra vigilant to unsolicited contact or online offers that might well be a scam.”
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Fraudsters are making the most of an increased interest in cryptocurrencies to scam Britons out of tens of 1000’s of kilos, with the typical victim losing £36,250 per fraud.
Marijus Briedis, chief technology officer and digital privacy expert at NordVPN, said: “With inflation skyrocketing and traditional savings rates failing to maintain up, bogus crypto investment schemes offering the prospect for prime returns are the proper bait for scammers.
“These frauds are thriving, despite the large crash in Bitcoin and other currencies.
“Worryingly the clear rise within the amounts stolen per fraud shows the scammers are convalescing at fleecing their victims.”