Police - Operation Signature

Scams are fraud and fraud is crime - report it.

Operation Signature is the force campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud within Sussex.

Increasingly fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, much of which is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people.


Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 people fall victim to fraud every year
  • Nearly 50% of all adults have been targeted by fraudsters

Technology is enabling fraudsters to carry out attacks quicker and employ more complex behaviours to remain undetected.

What kinds of fraud are there?

Common fraud types are:

  • Mail fraud: con artists use fake lotteries and prize draws, get-rich-quick schemes, bogus health cures and pyramid selling to get money from their victims
  • Investment fraud: the victim is offered investment opportunities in land, fine wines, share sales or carbon credits which have little or no value
  • Romance fraud: the fraudster meets someone on a dating site and gains their trust. They tell their victim they need money for a family emergency or flights over to see them
  • Courier fraud: fraudsters call and trick the victim into handing cards and PIN numbers to a courier on their doorstep
  • Fraud recovery: when fraudsters approach the victim again under a different guise, such as Trading Standards or Court officials, demanding money up front in order to finance court action to recoup some of the losses from the original crime.

There are many more types of fraud. Please see the Action Fraud website for more details.

Key things to remember:

  • Never send or give money to anyone you don't know or trust
  • Check people are who they say they are
  • Don't share your personal information
  • Make decisions in your own time
  • If in doubt phone a relative or a friend

Trust no-one who cold calls you about your bank account or a problem with your computer.

Under no circumstances would the bank or police request a card PIN or security details over the telephone or arrange collection of bank cards from a home address.

What do I do if I think someone I know has been a victim of fraud?

If you, or someone you know might be vulnerable to fraud, please contact Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

 Here is the latest newsletter link from the Police regarding Fraud


It includes:

· A warning about a rise in reports of fake call blocking devices, and how to ensure you're signing up to a legitimate service

· What makes a secure password for your online accounts?

· Staying safe online when doing your Christmas shopping