Data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime, reveals that £2,638,323 was lost by prospective pet owners in the 2020/21 financial year, after they put down deposits for pets they saw advertised online.
Capitalising on the rise in people getting pets due to the national lockdowns caused by coronavirus, criminals have been posting fake adverts on social media, online marketplaces and specific pet-selling platforms.
Unsuspecting victims will be asked to pay a deposit for the pet without seeing it in person first, with many criminals using the restrictions caused by the pandemic as a reason why they cannot see the animal. After the initial payment is made, more and more funds will be requested to cover additional costs such as insurance, vaccinations and even delivery of the pet.
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Action Fraud recently received 537 reports in 48 hours relating to fake emails purporting to be from British Gas. The emails state that the recipient is due a refund because of overpayment, and there is a link to a phishing website requesting personal and financial information. Do not be taken in by this – forward all scam emails to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) email@example.com.
We’ve created two scams protection checklists to guide you through being able to spot scams and put settings in place to reduce the risk of a fraudster targeting you.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, there’s a good chance it may be a scam.
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