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Advance fee fraud

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Advance fee fraud is when fraudsters target victims to make advance or upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that do not materialise.

Types of advance fee fraud include:

  • Career opportunity scams
  • Clairvoyant or psychic scams
  • Cheque overpayment fraud
  • Dating or romance scams
  • Fraud recovery fraud
  • Impersonation of officials
  • Inheritance fraud
  • Loan scams
  • Lottery, prize draw and sweepstake scams
  • Racing tipster scams
  • Rental fraud
  • West African letter or 419 fraud
  • Work from home and business opportunity scams
  • Vehicle matching scams

How to report it

If Fraud has been committed report it to Action Fraud. For more advice and to raise any concerns, contact the Office of the Public Guardian.

Source - Action Fraud


Advance fee fraud can include:


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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?

Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person.

Advance fee fraud

Advance fee fraud is when fraudsters target victims to make advance or upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that do not materialise.

Corporate fraud

Corporate fraud can be any fraud committed against a business.

Individual fraud

Individual fraud could be any fraud that targets a person directly.

Online fraud

Some fraudsters rely on the internet to commit their crimes. Learn about some different types of internet frauds that and how to protect yourself and get safe online.

Identity fraud and identity theft

Identity theft is when your personal details are stolen and identity fraud is when those details are used to commit fraud.
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