Police release booklet on how to avoid fraudBy Laura Herbert
February 15, 2013
Thames Valley Police’s Economic Crime Unit (ECU) has published a booklet advising people how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
The Little Book of Big Scams includes sections on identity fraud, scam mail, door-to-door scams, romance and dating scams and internet scams.
There are a number of hints, including the 10 golden rules to avoid becoming a victim, and case studies.
Det Insp Gavin Tyrrell, head of the ECU, said: “Fraud costs the British economy £73 billion a year and criminals use a number of sophisticated scams to try and snare victims.
“The ECU were keen to produce information and guidance so members of the public are aware of the different types of scam out there and how to spot them.
“I hope people will download and read the booklet to reduce their chances of becoming a victim.”
The booklet also gives details on where to get help and how to report fraud if you do become a victim.
To download the booklet visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk.