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Police Warn Public Against Fraudsters Operating Cost-of-Living Scams

Police are warning the public to be on their guard against fraudsters operating cost-of-living scams. The warning comes after a scammer contacted a local resident claiming to be from an energy company offering to pay them a grant. The scammer claimed they needed their bank details to pay money into their account. Thankfully, the person […]

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Police Warn of Holiday Accommodation Scam

Police are urging the public to be on their guard when booking holiday accommodation after a number of victims reported they’d been duped by a Facebook Marketplace holiday accommodation scam. The scam, which first came to light in May of this year, involves the fraudulent use of images of genuine holiday accommodation in Donegal to […]

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PSNI Warn of Scammers Targeting Students

Police and both local universities are working together to raise awareness about scams after two international students studying in Northern Ireland lost £105,000.   Both students were contacted by the scammers recently. One student was told by a person posing as a Chinese police officer to transfer £70,000 which they did. Another student was threatened with prison if they did […]

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Woman Swindled Out of £112,000 in Romance Scam

Police have issued a fresh warning for the public to be vigilant after a fraudster swindled a woman from Northern Ireland out of £112,000 in a devastating romance scam. The woman met the fraudster online on a dating app and, as the relationship developed over the last year, the scammer convinced the woman to ‘invest’ […]

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Police Are Warning About Scam Life Insurance Calls

Following a report of a scam life insurance call targeting the Chair of ScamwiseNI Superintendent Gerard Pollock, police are advising the public to be vigilant and reiterating that anyone can be a victim of scams. Speaking following the incident, he said: “This call, like many others relies on your responses, your engagement for the scam […]

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Police Urge Caution About Romance Scams After One Victim Loses £130,000

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is encouraging people to be on the lookout for scammers who want to take advantage of those who may be looking for friendship, companionship or love online. The warning comes as Valentine’s Day approaches, when it is anticipated that more people will be using dating websites and apps in […]