INDEPENDENT charity Crimestoppers has launched a campaign educating the Wigan public about the key scam threats in the UK through an interactive microsite.
Crime figures show a near 60 per cent rise in reported fraud over the past five years boosted by a rise in identity theft and online scams costing the UK economy £63m per year.
To help tackle these crimes the charity has created a Game of Fraud hub featuring an online survey with information on a variety of frauds, including romance fraud, courier fraud and online shopping fraud, that affect the UK public every day. Through a series of short, simple questions the intuitive quiz identifies which fraud types members of the public may be most vulnerable to and gives a detailed description of how they may be targeted.
The variety of frauds is vast. Advance fee fraud is where fraudsters target victims to request up front fees for the release of funds, ask for help to transfer money out of another country or offer fake loans.
Romance fraud is also on the rise. Unsuspecting adults are tricked into thinking they have met their perfect partner online, but in truth they are being deceived.
Once the fraudster gains their trust, they ask for money for a variety of emotive reasons in hope that financial support will be offered.
Recently intimate photographs of victims have been used to extort funds from trusting members of the public.
The Game of Fraud hub can be found at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/gameoffraud