Fraud and Scams

Fraud isn't just a scam it's a crime

What is fraud?

  • Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over an individual or business
  • Fraud is a crime

People often choose not to report fraud or seek advice because they are embarrassed

Fraudsters will constantly reinvent themselves to find new ways of tricking people and anyone could be a victim. The Braintree District Community Safety Partnership aims to provide valuable information about the perpetrated frauds and advice to help protect our communities from these types of fraud to prevent them from becoming victims of crime. Below are the types of fraud that are being perpetrated and useful links to help give support and advice:

Protecting Family and Friends

  • Do not give any personal information to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.

  • Remember the Police and Financial Institutions will never ask for account details over the phone.

  • Don't respond to unsolicited post, phone calls or emails offering business deals, if an offer seems to good to be true it probably is.

  • Always ask and check for identification of anyone you do business with and especially before you let anyone into your home.

  • When paying on-line only use a secure site and avoid using your debit card.

  • Protect computers, tablets and smart phones always update firewalls and anti-virus software.

  • Shred all documents containing personal data.  Keep personal and financial information secure.

When to take action

  • If you receive bills, invoices or receipts for things you haven't bought or financial institutions contact you about outstanding debts, take action.  Your identity may have been stolen.

  • If you think you have responded to a fraudulent contact break off all contact with the fraudsters at once.

  • If you have given the fraudsters your bank account details alert your bank immediately.

  • If you think elderly relatives or neighbours may have been approached by fraudsters talk to them to check they are ok.

  • If you have been a victim of fraud be aware that you are now likely to be a target for other frauds.

  • If you are approached by a fraudster report it to Action fraud on 0300 123 2040

Advice about scams and bogus callers