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SCAMS AND FRAUD


Good afternoon

During the run up to Christmas we know that criminals ramp up their targeting of the public and are becoming more sophisticated in their methods.   Any one of us can be caught out by scammers.  They deliberately target our better natures and use psychological tactics like being over friendly or pretending to be doing you a favour, making you a time limited offer, or scaring you into imparting personal financial information. Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations, and the Police.  They spend hours researching the public for their scams hoping that you will let your guard down for a moment.  However, we can take steps to prevent ourselves from being a victim. If contacted by an unknown number or you see an outrageously good deal online/social media platforms:

 

       STOP  Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe

       CHALLENGE  It is ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests if contacted by phone.  Only criminals will try to rush or panic you              into agreeing a purchase or imparting personal financial information 

      PROTECT  Contact your bank immediately using the number on the back of your card if you think that you’ve fallen for a scam and       report it to  ACTION FRAUD 0300 123 2040, alternatively report online  https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

 

Stay Safe


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Teresa Smith
(Police, PCSO, South Ribble Bamber Bridge Walton le Dale Eastern Parishes)

Neighbourhood Alert Cyber Essentials