Police publish advice on fraud
THAMES Valley Police’s Economic Crime Unit (ECU) has published a booklet titled the Little Book of Big Scams which aims to educate people on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
To try and reduce the number of victims in the Thames Valley, the ECU worked with the Metropolitan Police Service to adapt the booklet, and make it available to Thames Valley residents.
The booklet includes sections on identity fraud, scam mail, door to door scams, romance and dating scams and internet scams.
As well as details on different types of frauds, there are a number of hints, ten golden rules to avoid becoming a victim and case studies.
The booklet also provides information on where to go to get help and how to report fraud if you do become a victim.
Detective inspector Gavin Tyrrell, Head of the ECU, said: “Fraud costs the British economy £73 billion a year and criminals use a number of sophisticated scams to try and snare victims.
“The ECU was keen to produce information and guidance so members of the public are aware of the different types of scam out there and how to spot them. I hope people will download and read the booklet to reduce their chances of becoming a victim.”
The booklet is available to download at www.thamesvalley.police.uk
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