Household and businesses are being warned to be on the look out for fraudsters looking to exploit the Christmas season.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, based at the City of London Police and working as the central fraud intelligence hub for the UK, have compiled a list of 12 frauds expected to be put into play throughout December.
A detailed description of each fraud and how it works is contained in an online guide which can be downloaded here.
Director of the NFIB, Detective Superintendent Dave Clark, said: “Fraudsters will be working overtime in the lead-up to Christmas, using criminal tricks old and new to steal what people had been looking forward to give and planned to share with friends and family.
“The “Twelve Frauds of Christmas” are here to shine a light on their festive cons and help the public and business community protect themselves from becoming the latest victims throughout December, and beyond.
“But anyone who unfortunately falls foul of the fraudsters should immediately contact Action Fraud. Their reports will be passed directly on to us and used to identify those responsible and help police track them down, all of which will make for a safer 2013.”
If you feel you have been a victim of frauds you should report to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or 0300 123 2040.