Police force issues warning to residents over receipt scams
Humberside Police is warning residents across the area about receipt fraud and is also offering some tips on how to avoid and report this type of crime.
With shopping online becoming a weekly activity for many people, especially during lockdown, online scams have started to re-emerge.
The force has a dedicated department – the Economic Crime Unit – which focuses on investigating serious and complex fraud.
Detective Sergeant Ben Robinson said: “I want to take this opportunity to make people aware of a sophisticated scam which has become particularly prevalent over the last year and has affected members of the Humberside Force area.
“This is an online shopping scam, where individuals are selling products to fraudulent buyers.
“These buyers are then falsifying payment by creating a fake receipt via email which tells the seller that the money has been held and will only be released once the item has arrived.
“As a result, the fraudulent buyer is then able to keep both the money and the item.
“To avoid becoming a victim to this scam, please ensure any communications you have post-sale are through the correct company email address.
“All emails sent to you through the payment company will be grammatically correct and can be easily found on their website.
“It’s also advised to make sure you receive confirmation of payment before sending the item.
“These online fraud scams can have a devastating impact on an individual.
“The more knowledge people have about scams, the better prepared we can be to protect ourselves going forward.
“We are encouraging everyone to start talking about online shopping fraud with their family members and the local community.”
Police advice on who should you report fraud to:
In any instance, if you or someone else is in immediate danger or risk of harm then dial 999 straight away.
To report fraud or cybercrime – this can be done through Action Fraud (www.actionfraud.police.uk).
This is quick and easy and the tool will guide people through simple questions to identify what has happened and advisors will be on hand 24 hours a day to provide you with advice and help.
At this point, you will be given the option to register, log in to an existing account or continue as a guest.
By registering, you’ll be able to:
○ Save and resume a partially completed report
○ Track progress of your report
○ Add information to your report
○ Call to discuss your report
○ Receive updates by email
If you continue as a guest, you will only be able to receive updates by email or post.