She spent £5,000 on booking a villa but has been unable to get a refund.Read the full story ›
Victims of “romance fraud” reported losing more than £50 million in total last year, according to Action Fraud.Read the full story ›
A family of jewellers has been jailed for a total of 20 years after being found guilty of £1.4 million gold fraud.Read the full story ›
Investment scams: Kent County Council is working in partnership with Citizens Advice to publicise the steps people can take to prevent becoming victims.
Sangeeta spoke to Kent Trading Standards Officer Clive Phillips. Help and advice available on this link.
There has been a large increase in online scams in Oxford. The local Citizens Advice Bureau says it is because of the increase in the number of people using the internet for purchases.
Scams in the city went up by 73% in the past four years. Thames Valley Police recorded 546 offences related to cyber crimes in 2016.
The CAB is showing people how to identify scams.
There has been a rise in the number of people who've been tricked out of their savings by scams or rogue investments.Read the full story ›
A woman has been jailed for more than five years for fraud offences across Berkshire.
Tanya Rowe used forged references and payslips to secure a tenancy on a property. She then bought furniture from a shop in Maidenhead and paid for the items with cheques which bounced.
“Tanya Rowe appeared to live a very extravagant lifestyle, it was a lifestyle that she couldn’t sustain. he claimed that she was a designer for Heston Blumenthal, which wasn’t true and, more unforgivably, she also told people that she was dying of cancer, which also wasn’t true. She is a devious woman who has affected so many people’s lives.”
Well over £1 million has been lost by businesses in Dorset to online crime in the last year. Nationwide there was a 22 per cent increase in crimes reported. Police are urging businesses to train staff to spot the signs of fraud.
The son of a Kent pensioner with dementia whose savings were stolen by three friends is calling for greater protection for elderly people's finances.
Margaret Rigby from Betteshanger was given power of attorney over Barbara Lewis' bank account when she developed dementia - but was later convicted of fraud after stealing £57,000 from her account.
Today Mrs Lewis' son, Nick, met with ministers to press for new rules to regulate powers of attorney. Tony Green reports.
A family from Kent who stole an elderly friend's life savings have been ordered to pay back twenty five thousand pounds.
Pensioner Margaret Rigby, her daughter and son-in-law from Betteshangar, were found guilty of stealing more than £100 000 from Barbara Lewis.
They then spent it on holidays, cars and meals out.
Barbara's son told our reporter Tom Savvides, that they valued pounds and pence more than friendship