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Techie1 posted a topic in Police Oracle FeaturesThree out of four fraud cases were not reported to the police, said Barclays. Most people who fall victim to banking fraud do not report the scam to police, often because they are too embarrassed, research has found. A survey of 1,500 victims showed that a third did not tell their bank, even though the average amount stolen is almost £900. Barclays Bank is launching a "fraud clinic" to offer the public advice on how to protect themselves from potential cyber-attacks following its research. Ashok Vaswani, chief executive of Barclays UK, said: "We want to encourage people to talk more openly about scams, so that we can work together to lift the stigma of fraud. "If people are too embarrassed to even tell their friends and family, then how can we expect them to report it to their banks?" The most common frauds include identity theft, fake bank websites and online shopping scams, said the report. Three out of four fraud cases were not reported to the police, said Barclays View on Police Oracle
Techie1 posted a topic in Police Oracle FeaturesThe CPS has insisted snap election will have no impact on the timing of decisions on whether to press charges linked to 2015 General Election. Alex Salmond has warned against the Conservatives being "allowed to buy another" General Election by using officials who "successfully bought" the 2015 contest. The SNP MP questioned if ministers have plans in place to deal with the implications should the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decide to press charges linked to the 2015 General Election expenses of Conservative MPs. He expressed concerns in the Commons over the involvement of political strategist Sir Lynton Crosby, known for using shock tactics to divert attention away from another issue, and others in the Conservative campaign given their previous work in 2015. The Electoral Commission fined the Conservatives a record £70,000 last month after concluding the party failed to report accurately its spending in three 2014 by-elections and at the 2015 general election. Fifteen police forces have also submitted files to the CPS which relate to allegations concerning a candidate and an election agent at the 2015 contest, with the number of people involved totalling at least 30. The CPS has insisted the snap election on June 8 will have no impact on the timing of decisions on whether to press charges. Mr Salmond, raising a point of order in the Commons, said: "Given that the Prime Minister has decided to reappoint all of the campaign team who have already been fined by the Electoral Commission responsible for this boorach, we cannot get ourselves into a position of that campaign team, up to and including Lynton Crosby, having successfully bought one election, allowed to buy another." Speaker John Bercow, in his reply, said: "The rules governing the conduct of elections are not a matter for the chair." He added: "I have no intention of being drawn into this matter, which would be quite improper. What the police and Crown Prosecution Service do and when is a matter for them." Labour MP Dennis Skinner (Bolsover), also raising a point of order, said he had received no answers from Prime Minister Theresa May nor Justice Secretary Liz Truss on the matter. He said of Mrs May: "She didn't get a revelation on the Welsh hills. She called a snap election in order to try and beat the Crown Prosecution Service. "That's what this election is all about." View on Police Oracle
Hello everyone, I need your advice. It is hard to admit being so stupid, but I was the victim of an eBay scam, resulting in $10000 (approx 6000 pounds) lost. Making things short, I made an offer for an electronic testing device, the seller accepted my offer and requested payment by bank transfer. Had numerous email exchange with him regarding shipping details and etc., he even sent an email confirming the bank transfer was received and since then nothing. Checking and investigating myself I discovered that he copied all the equipment’s pictures from another auction ended not very long time ago. Then I saw the rest of the disaster, all the red lights I should have paid attention to before paying: a lot of small details unfortunately I ignored. The bank transfer was made; therefore the bank details and account are correct. The bank is in London. Analyzing his emails I found they were all sent from London (although he gave an address in Edinburgh). The emails were checked by a computer expert and were all sent from the same IP. Now, the problem is nobody seems to do anything about this. I reported the case to Action Fraud, but it seems they are not exactly doing any “action”. It is more like a data collecting agency established to release pressure from the police. While not ignoring the necessity to collect data in order to investigate serial scammers, here we are talking about a case where and immediate and simple investigation may give quick results, starting with the bank account information and finding through the internet provider the precise IP address. As a volunteer police Superintendent (not in UK) I am very surprised by the lack of reporting options for such crimes. If Action Fraud seems to be the only option, knowing nothing will be done about the report except for updating statistics this is frustrating, not to mention UK will become a paradise for online scammers. Is there any other option for reporting fraud, where someone does something practical about it?