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Operation Signature is the force campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud.
Scams are fraud and fraud is crime – report it.
Advice on fraud or scams.
If you, or someone you know might be vulnerable to fraud, please contact us on 101 or email.
For further advice and information please email Operation Signature.
Increasingly fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, much of which is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people.
Technology is enabling fraudsters to carry out attacks quicker and employ more complex behaviours to remain undetected.
Go here to see information and advice on different types of fraud. For specific Romance fraud information please visit this page.
You can also go to the Action Fraud website for more information and to report fraud.
Under no circumstances would the bank or police:
We have created a short film to help protect vulnerable victims of fraud – you can watch it here.
The video is currently being delivered to a variety of audiences such as banks, agencies and community groups with the purpose of:
It can also provide a useful insight into these crimes for victims and family members.
The Operation Signature work focuses on the protection of the vulnerable members of our communities, preventing them from becoming victims of such fraud and subject to further financial loss.
We have a process for recognising victims of all fraud as victims of crime and providing preventative measures to support and protect them from further targeting. This can include:
We also aim to raise awareness of the issue within our communities through our neighbourhood policing teams and the media, encouraging people to take preventative steps.
We have created a film for professionals, friends and relatives who visit the homes of the elderly and vulnerable to help them spot the warning signs that someone may be a victim of these crimes.
You can watch it below and share it with those who may find it useful.
The Little Book of Big Scams (see download below) is a very useful booklet that covers different types of fraud and explains how you can help protect yourself from them.
Read our latest fraud newsletter, with news of scams in your area and helpful tips to protect yourself from fraud.
Visit the Action Fraud website for advice and to report fraud.The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and Action on Elder Abuse can also help.
trueCall is a product we support, as it blocks nuisance calls. If you install one, please sign the consent form (see download below) to share details of callers; it helps us track down the fraudsters.
Get Safe Online holds lots of useful advice and information about protecting yourself online.