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Can you spot the signs of fraud

Alert message sent 01/11/2018 15:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


With the festive period just around the corner and thoughts turning to Christmas shopping, we are reminding residents to remain vigilant against fraud.

Fraudulent Missed Parcel Delivery Cards
We are aware of fraudulent missed parcel delivery cards being delivered to properties in the Stratley area recently. The delivery card appears to be from the Royal Mail and encourages the victim to call a premium-rate number, resulting in a large amount of money being charged for the call. If you receive a card like this you can report it by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

To reduce the risk of becoming a victim:
• Always verify any delivery slip that is posted through your door…especially if you are not expecting a delivery.
• Do not call the number provided on the card.
• Remember a fake delivery slip will be designed to look very similar to a genuine one.
• Never give out personal details.

Scam Mail
Scam mail is illegal, targets the most vulnerable in society and can be very distressing. Typically, it involves professional fraudsters sending convincing letters designed to trick people out of money or valuables – This is also known as “Advance Fee” fraud.

Scam mail is not normal advertising mail and can include bogus lotteries, competitions and fake prize draws. Anyone can be a recipient of scam mail. If you are concerned that someone you know is receiving large amounts of post and sending money in response to it, you can report it by writing to Royal Mail at FREEPOST SCAM MAIL and enclosing any suspicious items. Alternatively you can call the Royal Mail Scam Mail Helpline on 0800 0113 466 or email scam.mail@royalmail.com.

• Never respond to any such communication. If you haven’t entered a lottery, than you cannot have won it.
• Action Fraud do not know of any official lotteries that contact people to tell them of their win or ask for a fee to collect winnings.
• Never, ever disclose your bank details, or pay fees in advance
• Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret it’s likely to be a fraud.
• Most fraudulent lotteries have poor spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work.

Little Book of Big Scams
There are many different types of fraud, both online and offline. For more information download the free Little Book of Big Scams from the Thames Valley Police website here: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/central/advice/thames-valley/fraud/little-book-big-scams.pdf

You can also find more hints and tips to help protect against fraud on our website here:
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/personal-fraud/

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Neil Hawkins (Police, Communications Officer, Forcewide)

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