March 28, 2024

Northamptonshire Police has revealed that fraudsters swindled more than £6 million from Northamptonshire residents in 2021, implementing a wide array of devious tricks to get there.

The news comes amidst a steep rise in fraud nationwide.

According to reports by Action Fraud, the fraud and cybercrime reporting centre for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, between April 2020 and March 2021 there were 413,553 reported crimes – up 33 percent year on year.

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Other famous scams include pyramid schemes, pension release as well as demanding you pay a ‘fine’ or ‘go to prison’

PC Neil Mackenzie, who is a fraud prevention officer with Northamptonshire Police, said he has seen incidents of the crime more than double in Northamptonshire since 2020, often with links to organised criminal gangs.

PC Mackenzie said: “This year it was £6 million, last year it was £3 million so that gives you an idea of the scale of how much these crimes are being committed.

“It’s varied across lots of different scams.

“Crypto currency is probably the most common at this time. People are making investments based on comments by people like Elon Musk, thinking they can make lots of money very quickly. They make those investments without knowing the where’s and what-for’s and just jump in.

“Young people in particular are seeing that the interest rates on their savings aren’t what they want them to be, so they are going into these areas and not…

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