Hugging Mugging Scam Alert

That friendly stranger who seems intoxicated with life and hugs you as you’re out and about is probably not the milk of human kindness but a cynical hugger mugger stealing your purse or wallet while you deal with your surprise! With the better weather fraudsters seem to be going back to this old distraction crime technique to steal from the unwary. Distraction crimes can also include getting your attention while at a cash machine or knocking on your door for an electricity reading. In the most recent UK crime statistics, the 17% increase in in robbery was said to be related to the rise in distraction thefts.


Tips and Advice

  • Don’t know them? – Don’t hug them! It might sound cold, but it will keep you safe
  • Don’t be distracted – at the ATM, criminals would love to know your PIN!
  • Unexpected meter reading – Leave the door on the chain, check their ID and call the organization that they claim to be from
  • Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details or had your purse/wallet stolen
  • ID Protection –  If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
  • Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
  • To report a crime – and receive a police crime reference number 101, in an emergency always call 999
  • To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use theironline fraud reporting tool


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