Monthly Fraud & Scam Bulletin – December 2022

The Fraud & Scam Bulletin

December  2022

Your monthly update direct from West Mercia Police on the latest scams and frauds

Criminals are still using the cost of living crisis to scam the public

– do not become a victim –

Action Fraud are repeating their warning about cost of living scams in the lead up to Christmas

So once again we are encouraging members of the public to be extra vigilant against fraud, especially in sharing your personal and financial details with people you do not know. Do not let the fraudsters cash in on the cost of living crisis,

and please make sure you share this message with any friends and family who may be more vulnerable.

Common scams that are still circulating right now include:

·         Energy Bill Rebates

·         Cost of Living Payments

·         Fuel Vouchers, Phone Bill discounts and Supermarket offers

·         Fake Investment opportunities

Also beware of Non-Delivery and Non-Payment Scams.

·         Non–Delivery Scam means a buyer pays in advance for goods or services online but those items are never received

·         Non-Payment Scam means the seller sends goods sold via an online sales site but the seller never gets paid

Remember that criminals are expert at gaining your confidence and impersonating Government Agencies, Utility companies, Businesses and the Police.

As stated before, If it looks too good to be true it probably is.

Always be aware, and do not let Fraudsters and Scammers ruin your Christmas.





Criminals are turning to more sophisticated ways to take your money, whether through online offers, emails or telephone calls. Can you outsmart them?

Test your own ability on Take 5  – follow this link – Are you scam-savvy? – Take Five (




Take Five To Stop Fraud

  • STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

  • CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

  • PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam

and report it to Action Fraud

If you’ve fallen for a scam, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via


Scam Text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks.

Forward Fake Emails received to 


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