HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has responded to 242,494 reports of phone scams in the 12 months to September, marking a 24% increase on the previous year.
Nearly a third (30%) of adults feel more vulnerable to fraudsters as the Covid-19 pandemic has triggered a boom in internet shopping, banking and video calling, a survey has found.
A stockbroker who funded a jet-set lifestyle by stealing his clients’ money has been jailed for six years.
More than 600 reports of romance scams per month were made to Action Fraud during June, July and August, as dating fraudsters have been exploiting victims’ desire for human contact during the lockdown.
Insurance fraud cases could spike in the current tough economic climate, a new “stop the scams” campaign warns.
Independent garages across the north-east are being urged to be vigilant following a recent scam.
Nearly half of people whose data has been stolen by hackers go on to be victims of fraud, research from Which? suggests.
The scale of pension scamming is getting worse and a stronger clampdown is needed, a committee of MPs has been told.
Reports of impersonation scams have surged by 84% as criminal gangs have exploited the Covid-19 crisis to commit fraud, according to a trade association.
Coronavirus con artists who pose as contact tracers as part of a scam in which they ask people to pay money to get tested have been branded “truly and utterly despicable” by Nicola Sturgeon.
The volume of scams and scandals that have occurred in the investment market mean it is not working as well as it should and many consumers lack confidence in it, according to the City regulator.
Only around two pension fraud cases per month were passed to police forces to investigate last year typically, despite nearly 400 reports being made to Action Fraud, figures show.
A stronger clampdown is needed to tackle scam adverts appearing on Google search results, according to Which?.
A woman has been handed unpaid work and supervision after admitting fraudulently claiming more than £3,500 in council tax benefits she was not entitled to.
Students are being warned to beware of phishing scams as they head to university.
Pension providers are having to stand by and watch as customers transfer their life savings to potential scammers, a report claims.
In the final part of our special series we reveal that, more than four months after being jailed for 14 years, North-east fraudster Alistair Greig is fighting his conviction. And discover how a regulator missed a chance to stop most of it happening due to a misplaced email.
Alistair Greig's victims were many and varied. Over the course of 13 years, the North-east financier conned hard-working families out of £13 million. In the second instalment of our series, we look at the impact his criminal scheme had on real people - and reveal the inside track on how police and prosecutors brought him down.
The inside story on the North-east financial adviser who stole £13 million from hundreds of his own clients.
Robert McKechnie took thousands from three different victims, promising to put up wind turbines for them in exchange.
A man has appeared in court after allegedly stealing from vulnerable people in Aberdeen.
A nurse was left in debt after being conned into believing his bank account was at risk.
A fraud victim turned to detective – and told her scammer’s mum and girlfriend about his crime.
A taxi driver was conned out of £23,700 – and all it took was a single email.
Shocking new figures show the man, who has asked not to be named, was among 23 victims of dating or romance fraud in the region in the last 12 months, with fraudsters fleecing them out of a total of £176,235.32.
Graeme Garioch made the headlines in 2007 when he took home a £101,000 prize on Deal or No Deal – but he has now told of how scammers exploited Facebook and footballer Cristiano Ronaldo to take his nest egg and delay his retirement.
A woman has admitted fraudulently claiming more than £3,500 in council tax benefits she was not entitled to.
Fraud victims face a “lottery” over whether they will get their money back under a voluntary scams code, according to Which?
University students who have missed out on face-to-face graduation ceremonies due to Covid-19 could be more vulnerable to degree fraud.
People who receive tax credits have just one week left to tell HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) about changes to their circumstances or income.