FRAUD UPDATE FROM WEST MERCIA POLICE ECONOMIC CRIME UNIT 16/11/2021


                                                         CAN YOU SPOT A SCAM? 

Have you been contacted out of the blue?

  • Cold Calls or unexpected e-mails should raise suspicion, especially if personal/payment details are requested
  • Legitimate organisations/businesses will not normally contact you for sensitive details unexpectedly
  • If you are not certain about the contact’s identity, hang up

Are you being asked to provide personal details?

  • Do not share personal/ sensitive details with a contact if you cannot confirm who they are.
  • Phone Scammers may try get valuable details from you to steal money from you, or use your details for Identity Fraud

Are the Contact Details vague or suspicious?

  • Scam websites often have imprecise contact details  such as Premium Rate “09” numbers, PO Box numbers, or use mobile numbers
  • Always look out for unusual email addresses on unsolicited emails

Look out for spelling and grammatical errors in emails 

  • Messages full of spelling and grammar errors are usually indicative of a Scam message
  • Genuine Organisations/Businesses will rarely make such unprofessional errors

Is an offer too good to be true?

  • Scams usually offer big returns for small financial commitment
  • Beware of Scam Voucher offers from Retailers and Supermarkets, has it been sent from a genuine email address?

Are you being pressured to commit or sign up?

  • Fraudsters will usually try to force a quick decision, do not be pressurised but say you need a break to consider the “offer”
  • Genuine Sales persons will normally give you time to make your mind up. Have you been offered a cooling off period on the deal? 

IF YOU THINK YOU ARE BEING SCAMMED OR DO NOT RECOGNISE THE CONTACT

  • STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a Scam, and report it to Action Fraud.                                                      For further information visit:

    https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

    https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/