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Public sector service provision

Public authorities, including police services and security, planning control, licensing, immigration, child protection, administration and enforcement of parking control and healthcare services, are carried out with public funding. In some cases, even private organisations carry out public functions on behalf of the authority.  

The government offers some benefits to people like people with disabilities, who get a blue badge or relaxation in congestion charges, which some people sometimes misuse. Some people sell a resident car parking permit to a non-resident, another form of public service misuse

Those who try to get benefit claims deliberately by hiding information or giving false information may have to pay administrative penalties for getting the benefits, called an overpayment if they are found guilty.

Sometimes, victims receive calls from people impersonating the public or IRS officers who threaten to pay upfront charges to avoid legal issues. 

For example, during the Covid crisis, many impersonators pretended to be from government-funded healthcare organisations, and they offered bogus medical aid and vaccine plans to the targets. 

The government has been setting up task forces to help vulnerable young people. During the COVID crisis, fraudsters posing as genuine organisations like banks targeted vulnerable people isolated at home by leaving cards at their doors, pretending to be from charities or public services

They aimed to trick people into opening malicious emails and divulging details which they could use to obtain their grants and other benefits. In general, police update all the information related to any actions as per the predetermined standards. 

They do not personally send emails or voicemails seeking public funds, so one should be careful not to provide their details to the criminal groups who target public service benefits.

Date Published: Sep 09, 2023

Types of fraud

A-Z of fraud

To help understand which fraud you've been affected by, we've categorised them into an alphabetical list.

What is fraud and cyber crime?

Cybercrimes can be of two types. First, it can be cyber dependent, where the fraudsters use online devices to convince the victim to accept their offers.

Advance fee fraud

If you are trying to get a loan for a house or a car, they ask to meet the provider to get the financing arrangement and pay the finder's fee in advance.

Corporate fraud

Corporate frauds can be complicated, committed either by the firm or an individual. Nevertheless, it mostly involves cheating where the employee or the firm.

Individual fraud

There are many types of individual frauds related to advance fees, investments, insurance brokers, bogus tradespeople, Ponzi schemes, pension liberation.

Online fraud

Hence the number of cases of online fraud is increasing each year, and most such cases include – account takeover, direct frauds, or scams related domain names.

Identity fraud and identity theft

The criminal uses the stolen identity of another person living or deceased to conduct unlawful activities like obtaining goods or services in another's name.

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