Police and banks working together prevent £2million being stolen from Sussex residents A rapid response scheme by banks and local police prevented 353 potential victims in Sussex from being defrauded out of £2million in 2018, new figures have revealed. The Banking Protocol trains bank staff to spot when someone is about to fall victim to a scam and try to prevent them from withdrawing cash to give to a fraudster, after which they can request an immediate police response to the branch. A total of 19 arrests were made by Sussex Police last year through the initiative. The 353 calls to Sussex Police in 2018 from banks and other financial institutions under the Banking Protocol, related to potential victims with an average age of 75. In each case police responded and succeeded in ensuring that the person did not hand any money over. These interventions related to attempts at; courier fraud, rogue trading, romance fraud, software service, financial abuse by someone known to the person, and investment fraud. 19 arrests were made in 2018 from banking protocol alerts. Please click on link for the full story Police advise; - Be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police asking for your personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money. - If you are approached, or feel something is suspicious, hang up the phone and don’t reply. Then report it to Action Fraud and your bank on their advertised number. - Never send or give money to anyone you don't know or trust; check people are who they say they are; don't share your personal information; make decisions in your own time; and if in doubt phone a relative or a friend. Operation Signature is the Sussex Police campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud across the county. Fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, and much of it is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people. The force has a process for recognising victims of all fraud as victims of crime and providing preventative measures to support and protect them from further targeting. This can include helping them to change their phone number to an ex-directory number, contacting family to suggest Power of Attorney, mail re-direction, offering them advice on call blocking devices and referring them to other support services. For further information about Operation Signature and ways of preventing fraud against elderly and other vulnerable people see the Sussex Police website here. https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/police-and-banks-working-together-prevent-ps2million-being-stolen-from-sussex-residdnts-358090 Police warn social media users about ‘cash flipping’ scam Police have issued a warning to social media users after a teenager was targeted by a scam known as ‘cash flipping’. ‘Cash flipping’ is used by criminals who lure vulnerable victims into parting with a small amount of money – and their bank details – with the promise they will receive a larger sum in return for their services. Their account is then used to move money in and out of. Offenders will often create excuses as to why no reward is deposited, as previously promised. While the financial loss can be minimal, detectives are warning young people that they could unknowingly assist in money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years’ imprisonment. Detective Inspector Andy Westwood said: “We are currently investigating a recent offence whereby a 13-year-old boy from Worthing was targeted by an unknown man on Instagram. He was asked to pay £2 into the person’s account and provide his account details in return for an investment. “Thousands of pounds was transferred in and out of the victim’s account, at which point he became suspicious and rightly raised his concerns with his mother, who contacted us. “Enquiries are ongoing and we are liaising with young people in the area – and local schools – to offer support and advice on how to protect themselves from such scams.” Police are advising anyone concerned not to voluntarily hand over any bank or personal details, and to report any suspicious activity. DI Westwood added: “If something seems too good to be true, then it most likely is. Use your instincts, remain vigilant and protect yourself from criminal activity.” Parents are also being advised to monitor their children’s social media channels, and to report any unusual banking activity or expensive purchases which may be out of the ordinary. For further advice, visit www.actionfraud.police.uk https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/police-warn-social-media-users-about-cash-flipping-scam-359047 Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Burglary Reference: 0879 13/02/2019 Location: King Edward Avenue Worthing Date and time: Between 12th and 13th February Details: It unknown how entry was gained to a property. A purse containing cash was stolen.
Other than Dwelling Reference: 0400 12/02/2019 Location: Richmond Road Worthing Date and time: Between 7th and 11th February Details: A shed was broken into and a pedal cycle was stolen.
Reference: 0713 15/02/2019 Location: Gardner Street Portslade Date and time: On the 14th February Details: A pedal cycle was stolen from a communal area Other Frauds and scams come in many forms, and they do not discriminate; regardless of our age, financial situation or personal circumstances, anyone of us can fall victim to fraudsters. We have some great advice in our ‘Little Book of Big Scams’ to help arm you against frauds and scams. You can download a digital copy of our 'Little Book of Big Scams' here https://bit.ly/2TUWS9ualternatively you can get one free from your local Police Station.
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