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Advice from Humberside Police:
As part of our annual #OpYuletide messaging this year, we’re launching our 12 festive frauds a little earlier in the lead up to the highly anticipated Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
In the three months leading up to Christmas last year, £140k was lost from online shopping fraud – that’s an average of £715 per person!
A priority for our force, the seriousness of fraud needs to be reiterated, along with the financial and emotional impact it has on victims.
Detective Inspector Ben Robinson, from Humberside Police’s ECU said;
“In the Humberside Police area, 316 people lost a total of £240k after shopping and other frauds during the festive period last year, but on average, only one in seven cases are reported to us.
“Just imagine what these figures would show if more people came forward, especially since people are more likely to be a victim of fraud than any other offence.
“Not only this, but fraud is the highest concern for the public, that’s behind violent crime and terrorism, and above sexual offences. This just shows how crucial it is to disrupt fraudsters and protect the public – ensuring nobody becomes a victim of fraud due to lack of awareness.
“The impact of fraud can be considerable, having a huge effect on people’s confidence and wellbeing, as well as their financial situation. I too have been a victim in the past and can really relate to the victims we speak to daily.
“We need continue to increase knowledge of the many different types of fraud and methods used, but most of all we really want to empower people to be able to protect themselves and those they love from becoming a victim of these crimes.
“Over the next 12 days, we’re going to be sharing 12 different types of fraud to be weary of throughout the festive period and if you have any concerns or questions, make sure to contact us via our non-emergency number 101 or by following #SayNoToFraud on social media.
“You can also visit the dedicated website in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside for more information: www.saynotofraud.uk”