March 3rd, 2013 |
ActionFraud – And Essex Fraudsters
Have you heard of the ActionFraud website? They describe themselves as follows:
Who is Action Fraud?Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud reporting centre where you should report fraud if you have been scammed or defrauded.
We provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime. People are scammed, ripped off or conned everyday and we want this to stop. We believe that we can beat fraud if we talk about it.
The service is run by the National Fraud Authority – the government agency that helps to co-ordinate the fight against fraud in the UK. We work with partners in law enforcement – the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, run by the City of London Police – to make sure your fraud reports reach the right place
Report fraud and internet crime
You can report fraud using our online fraud reporting service any time of the day or night; the service enables you to both report a fraud and find help and support. We also provide help and advice over the phone through the Action Fraud contact centre. You can talk to our fraud specialists by calling 0300 123 2040.
Reports taken are passed to the police who may contact you for further information. Action Fraud does not investigate the cases and cannot advise you on the progress of a case.
One recent item involves Essex schools and parents – if you haven’t seen this already, be warned!:
School truancy cold calls
Parents are being warned of a scam where fraudsters are cold calling victims and demanding you pay truancy fines [20 February 2013]
Essex County Council issued the warning after a parent of a pupil received a phone call purporting to be from the Education Welfare Service stating that their child had not attended school that day and as a result they had to pay a fine of £340.
The parent was asked to provide her credit/debit card details so that a payment could be made over the phone.
It is important to remember that The Education Welfare Service do not phone parents demanding payment immediately over the phone. Invoices and penalty notices are sent via the post, and only then are you given the option to pay by phone.
Read more about the fraud on the Essex County Council website.