Fraud, scams and cybercrime

You may be contacted with misleading or fraudulent offers designed to con you out of your money. These are received by post, email, social media messages, telephone, text or face to face.   Advice is available on how to spot scams and frauds, to prevent yourself or someone you know, becoming the victim of a scam or fraud.

Resources to prevent fraud and scams

  • The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has produced a number of useful guides in particular for vulnerable members of the community, as part of their Stay safe from fraud campaign. Access them here.
  • Hampshire Alert scheme – stay up to date with messages of information, crime alerts and witness appeals local to the area you live or work in. Just go to the Hampshire Alert website and click on the REGISTER button at the top of the page to sign up.
  • Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime. You can report directly to Action Fraud either online or by telephone. Information and support is available on the Action Fraud website.

Coronavirus (Covid 19) and Scams

  • Friends Against Scams have produced a social media pack with information on how to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus scams.
  • Hampshire Police has published advice and guidance on scams during the COVID-19 crisis. View the leaflet here.

Resources for professionals

Romance Fraud

Romance fraud occurs when you think you’ve met the perfect partner online but they are using a fake profile to form a relationship with you. You can meet them via an online dating website or app, social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, or gaming sites. They gain your trust over a number of weeks or months and have you believe you are in a loving and caring relationship. However, the criminal’s end goal is only ever to get your money or personal information. Between August 2019 and August 2020, 222 reports of romance fraud were made to Action Fraud by residents of Hampshire. The total reported loss in the same time period was £2million, equating to an average loss per victim of just over £9,000.

View this video on Romance Fraud – a victim’s story

Friends against Scams – practitioner e-learning

Access this online training to help you understand the legislative framework and how to support victims of scams.

Research on financial scamming and fraud

Access research on financial scamming and fraud from the National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice here.