Police issue scam warning after Cumbria woman loses almost £10,000

A woman from Cumbria has fallen for a common scam asking her to pay for a parcel delivery which led to her losing almost £10,000. The scam is on the increase and catches people out because it doesn’t ask for a large amount of cash. However, once someone has entered their bank details scammers can steal people’s life savings.

A woman, 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 danger and she needed to transfer her funds into another account urgently, reports Coventry Live.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hainsworth from the Warwickshire Police Economic Crimes Team said they have arrested a man in relation to the incident.

He said: “This arrest is a good example of how committed we are to pursuing fraudsters in Warwickshire.”

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Sergeant Paul Hainesworth continued: “It also acts as a reminder of just how convincing and deceiving fraudsters can be.

“It is important people make life as difficult as possible for fraudsters by taking simple steps to protect themselves and reporting any concerns they have.”

Rather than ignore the text, police are asking people to forward it to 7266 so they can catch the fraudsters.

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Alternatively, people can report a suspicious message to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Meanwhile, Britons are being warned to look out for messages from fraudsters pretending to be friends or family members 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 struggling with the cost of living.

Paul Davis, director of fraud prevention at TSB, said: “A fraud loss will be particularly painful for households during these tough economic conditions, so we are urging the public to be extra vigilant to unsolicited contact or online offers that could well be a scam.”

People are also being warned to watch out for a British Gas scam offering an energy bill rebate of £315.

Consumer watchdog Which? said the fake email can seem genuine as it uses the official British Gas logo and branding.

However, a red flag is that it’s not addressed to a specific person, just an email address.

Although the email doesn’t ask people for cash, sharing personal information can help scammers drain people’s bank accounts.

Fraudsters are taking advantage of an increased interest in cryptocurrencies to scam Britons out of tens of thousands of pounds, with the average 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 keep up, bogus crypto investment schemes offering the prospect for high returns are the perfect bait for scammers.

“These frauds are thriving, despite the huge crash in Bitcoin and other currencies.

“Worryingly the clear rise in the amounts stolen per fraud shows the scammers are getting better at fleecing their victims.”

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