Fraud warning

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PEOPLE are being urged to be aware of fraudsters who will try and cash in on people’s goodwill this Christmas.

Cleveland Police is helping to promote a list of the Twelve Frauds of Christmas, highlighting a number of frauds criminals will try to use.

The list, which has been compiled by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, says people should be aware of online shopping fraud as well as fraudulent activity through online auctions, holidays, post and vouchers.

The list also says criminals will try to con people with ticketing fraud, cash point fraud, and mobile payments as well as through social networking.

Detective Inspector Dave Turnbull, of Cleveland Police’s economic crime unit, said: “Fraudsters tend to take advantage of people’s good will at this time of the year and they use the festive period to target them.

“It is very important that people are made aware of any advice that can help prevent them from potentially becoming a victim of a fraudster.”