Stamp Out Fraud is an initiative to raise awareness of the latest frauds and scams in the county.
We're teaming up with Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council to increase knowledge of the crime to help protect the public from the dangers of fraud.
In this section, you can see the latest news releases about frauds and scams that have happened in the county, useful advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of them , as well as the latest convictions.
You can also find out how you can report a fraud or scam to Action Fraud , the UK's national fraud reporting centre.
We held an online chat during the Stamp Out Fraud week in May, where attendees were given the opportunity to speak directly with one of our fraud detectives.
The virtual surgery covered a wide range of frauds and scams, including ebay scams, bank frauds and telephone scams.
Visit our chat page to re-read the conversation.
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- Criminals are using social media to con people into handing over thousands of pounds – with one Derbyshire victim duped out of more than £110,000.
- Derbyshire car owners are being warned about social media insurance scams that could see them lose their licence.
- Gift cards being used as part of HMRC scam that sees bogus debts and taxes paid using iTunes gift cards.
- People in Derbyshire are being urged to take five minutes to pass on safety advice about how to avoid scams and frauds.
- Conmen are posing as police officers to dupe people into taking part in an undercover operation.
If you've been a victim of fraud, and there isn't immediate danger, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
Action Fraud is the UK's first national fraud reporting centre, which takes crime reports from victims of fraud and provides a crime reference number.
This information is then fed to the police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to gain a more complete national picture of fraud. Action Fraud also provides a wide range of information about how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
Action Fraud provides a single place for victims of fraud to report to, or get advice on protecting themselves. For more advice or to report a fraud, visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040 .
Their phone lines are open:
- Mon to Fri - 8am to 9pm
- Sat to Sun - 9am to 5pm
- Closed bank holidays
You can report a fraud via the Action Fraud website 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can also follow Action Fraud on Twitter on @actionfrauduk , or visit their Facebook page via www.facebook.com/actionfraud .
If debit or credit cards, online banking or cheques are involved in the fraud your first step should be to contact your bank or credit card company.
Sometimes a job interview isn't quite what it seems. Job frauds are where a potential 'employer' scams the victims out of money for applying, gets them to pay their wages to a third party, or uses their identity for financial scams. Read more about this type of scam in our 'Be Aware of Job Scams' booklet.
This video gives you an insight into the courier fraud scam, to see how fraudsters are calling members of the public to convince them to hand over their banks cards and PIN to a courier.
In this video, a victim of romance fraud shares the story of how she was conned out of more than £20,000.
Here you can view a short video highlighting some very simple steps you can take to secure yourself against frauds, particularly online scams.
Get Safe Online
Get Safe Online.org have created the following video to highlight how our phones - and subsequently our personal information - can be hacked into.
Mobile Banking Fraud
With mobile banking becoming more and more common, Get Safe Online have produced a useful set of advice to protect yourself when managing your money on the move. Download the GSO banking advice from the Related Documents section of this page.
A-Z of Fraud
Our experts have compiled a list of the most common frauds and scams, with links through to descriptions of what they are and how to avoid them on the Action Fraud website.
Read the A-Z of Fraud .
Fraud and scam leaflets
Also, we've created some useful anti-fraud leaflets on the topics of ATM fraud , identity fraud , Internet scams , online shopping and staying safe online .
You can download these from the Related Documents area of this page.
Little Book of Big Scams
We've also produced, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Service, a guide to the most common scams and how you can avoid being a victim of them.
The Little Book of Big Scams offers practical advice on how to deal with and protect you from fraud and provides information on the various types of scams fraudsters operate.
You can download your own electronic copy of this guide from the Related Documents section of this page .
Should you still have any unanswered questions over fraud or general advice about fraud then please speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team .
Owners who are concerned their property might be subject to a fraudulent sale or mortgage can quickly alert Land Registry and speak to specially trained staff for practical guidance about what to do next by calling their Property Fraud Line on 0300 006 7030. The line is open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Visit www.landregistry.gov.uk for more information.
Home users and small businesses can take the following steps to protect themselves online:
- Run Windows Update
- Make sure your antivirus product is up-to-date and run a scan - if you don’t have one why not install a free trial version from a reputable vendor
- If you do not do so already, this is a good time to think about backing up important data. We recommend that you don’t store back-ups on the same computer, or any other device within your home network. Home users should consider using cloud services to back-up their important files. Many service providers (such as email providers) offer a small amount of cloud storage space for free.
Further detailed guidance is available on the NCSC website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/ransomware-guidance-home-users
If you think your computer or device has been infected please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Fraud and scam advice
Get Safe Online
is a useful resource for unbiased safety advice for protecting yourself online against fraud, identity theft, viruses and other dangers. Visit www.getsafeonline.org
is a Government-led initiative to help individuals and small busiensses to make the necessary steps to makes their homes and workplaces safe from cyber criminals. It contains examples of tactics that fraudsters use, as well as quick tips on how to protect yourself. There are also useful video guides illustrating the steps that you can take. Visit www.cyberstreetwise.com
- The Citizens Advice Bureau are a charity that offers free advice to those with legal, money or other problems. Visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk
- StepChange is the new name for the Consumer Credit Counselling Service, who offer free advice for managing debt issues. Visit www.stepchange.org
- The Money Advice Service is a not-for-profit government organisation created solely to help people with their finances.