SENT OUT BY MERSEYSIDE POLICE ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL FRAUD
FRUAD has been
described as a ‘silent crime’. But it is not a
victimless crime. It knows no boundaries and deeply affects tens of
thousands of people in the UK each year. It is a crime that is
second only to the illegal drugs trade in terms of its impact on the
UK, and on average, it costs each adult living in the UK around
£621per year. But the human cost is even higher because proceeds of
fraud are often used to fund serious crimes such as drug smuggling
and people trafficking.
Over half of people who are victims of fraud do not report the
crime. Victims of fraud often don’t want to talk about what’s
happened to them because they feel embarrassed and ashamed.
Fraudsters rely on that silence. But we can fight back by talking.
The National Fraud Authority (NFA) has launched Action Fraud, a
national fraud reporting centre that provides a single point of
contact for fraud victims where they can both report a fraud and
seek guidance and advice.
Dr. Bernard Herdan, Chief Executive of the NFA, said:- “Action
Fraud is at the heart of our strategy to make the UK a more hostile
environment for fraud. Victims of fraud often don’t want to talk
about it because they feel embarrassed. They not only suffer a
financial loss but a loss of self esteem because they blame
themselves for being taken in. But the best way to fight fraud and
fraudsters is to get people talking about it and reporting it to
Action Fraud provides a clear signpost for reporting all types of
fraud, including identity theft, investment, credit card and
consumer fraud. At the same time it gives law enforcement and
counter-fraud agencies better information to better target
fraudsters, better protect the public and bring criminals to
justice, by providing vital information to the National Fraud
Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). This collaboration between the Forces,
the NFIB and Action Fraud will help tighten the net on fraudsters.
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Radcliffe, who is part of Merseyside
Police's Economic Crime Unit, welcomed the launch of Action Aid:-
"Merseyside Police takes all crime seriously including fraud type
offences. We have a dedicated team, the Criminal Enterprise Team,
that deals with instances of serious and organised fraud, money
laundering and financial crime. A common misconception is that fraud
and associated offences are victimless crimes where only large
financial institutions have lost out. However, you only need to ask
anyone who has had their bank accounts or credit cards compromised
to see the real effect of this type of crime. Merseyside Police is
committed to Total Policing and this includes investigating
frauduent transactions and business."
One such fraud case that has been successfully investigated by
Merseyside Police, with the help of the NFA and information from the
public are that in May 2009 two west African males were convicted at
Liverpool Crown Court for offences of fraud by false representation.
The pair were found guilty of impersonating a number of people and
altering details on their bank accounts before transferring money
from those accounts to accounts abroad. The offenders were also
passing fraudulently altered cheques through the bank accounts of a
number of vulnerable people, to whom they paid small amounts of
money. During the 18-month operation officers from the Economic
Crime Unit recovered £60,000.00 cash and forged documents including
driving licences, bank statements and debit cards. The main
offenders, were sentenced to a total of over 5 years imprisonment
with the people who allowed their accounts to be used receiving
community justice sentences. In December 2009 the main offenders
were also charged with further fraud offences and await trial on
City of London Police is the National Lead Force for fraud, and is
leading the implementation of the NFIB. Commissioner Mike Bowron
said:- "One of the biggest challenges we face in combating
fraud is the reluctance of victims to come forward. People often
feel they have somehow 'fallen' for a scam and hold some
responsibility for having lost money, but this is simply not the
case. These fraudsters are sophisticated criminals who use
high-pressure sales-techniques to convince victims to part with
their cash. There is no shame in becoming a victim and it is crucial
that the crime is reported, so that these criminals can be caught.
Action Fraud, which we have worked with the NFA to develop, will
make that reporting easier - and make life significantly more
difficult for fraudsters."
If individuals or business operators have been a victim of fraud in
the last 12 months and want to report a fraud, they are encouraged
to call Action Fraud on:- 0300 123 2040, Textphone:- 0300 123 2050
actionfraud.org.uk to get
advice and guidance on protecting yourself from fraud.
NEW CHIEF CONSTABLE TAKES UP THE BATON
MR Murphy has
previously served with the police service for 35 years. Mr Murphy
first joined Merseyside Police in 1975 as a cadet where he
progressed through the ranks and by 1995 was Detective Chief
Inspector. In 1999 he was a Chief Superintendent and held the role
of Force Operations Manager with overall responsibility for all
uniform support departments before being promoted to Assistance
Chief Constable at the National Crime Squad. In 2004 he returned to
Merseyside Police as Deputy Chief Constable, a role he held for
three years before leaving to work for the Home Secretary as the
lead for the national Tackling Gangs Action Programme and most
recently as National Coordinator for Serious and Organised Crime
with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
THE POST MORTEM
RESULTS - MOHAMED ABDUL-KADIR
was carried out on Monday, 1 February 2010, to establish the cause
of death of 19 year old Mohamed Abdul-Kadir has shown that he died
as the result of a severe head injury.
Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses after Mohamed was
found at the rear of flats on Princes Road, Toxteth at around 6.45pm
on Tuesday, 26 January suffering from serious head injuries.
Mohamed was taken to hospital by ambulance where he was treated
until his death late on Saturday, 30 January 2010.
Detectives have launched a murder investigation and are continuing
to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.
Merseyside Police would continue to appeal to anyone who was in the
area at the time and may have any information about this incident to
contact officers on:- 0151 777 5394 or Crimestoppers anonymously
on:- 0800 555 111.
NEXT OF KIN APPEAL -
Coroner's Office is appealing for the next of kin of a man who died
at his home on Sunday, 24 January 2010. Keith Harris, was 60
years old and lived in Canterbury Street, Garston. There are no
suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Harris's death. The
coroner's office is now trying to trace his next of kin. Any next of
kin, or anyone who knows of his next of kin, is asked to contact
Liverpool City Coroners Office on:- 0151 233 4707.
ROBBERY AT SAYERS IN,
Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery at Sayers on
County Road on Tuesday, 2 February 2010. Officers were called
to the scene at 8.40am following reports that a man had jumped over
the counter, forced a member of staff into the back room and
demanded cash. The offender is described as white, about 25
years old, 5ft 8in tall with a gaunt appearance. He was wearing a
dark jacket and a blue hooded top with the hood pulled up. He
escaped with a quantity of cash and made off turning right along
County Road, then right onto Ismay Street in the direction of Lind
Street. The staff were uninjured but obviously shaken by the
incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officers
at St Anne's Street Police Station on:- 0151 777 4809 or
Crmiestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.