Detectives urge residents to be vigilant following national rise in TV licensing
Detectives from Staffordshire Police are urging residents to remain vigilant following a national increase in TV licensing scams.
In seven months, residents across Staffordshire have been duped into losing money to a total of over £20,000.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have found that fraudsters are sending members of the public fake TV licensing emails to target their personal and financial information.
Since April 2018, 926 crime reports have been made to Action Fraud, with a total of loss of over £830,000. In Staffordshire, residents across the county have been tricked into losing money totalling over £20,000.
A total of 44 reports have been received by detectives, with individual losses ranging between £1,325 and £8,000.
Action Fraud has identified that victims receive a TV licensing phishing email with links to a convincing-looking website that steals personal and financial details.
Within a week or two, victims will receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the fraud department of the victim’s bank. The offenders are then able to convince victims they are genuine banking staff by providing some of the personal details that were received using the fake TV licensing emails and websites.
Detective Inspector Robert Harvmann, senior investigating officer in fraud and cyber crime said: “Fraudsters, will try to panic people into action. Always stop and think before sharing any personal data and don't engage with ‘cold callers’.
“Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
“Anyone in Staffordshire that feels vulnerable or is able to identify the person they believe is responsible can contact us on 101.”
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