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Watching out for Fraud

Alert message sent 24/11/2020 15:31:00

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Good Afternoon
When we hear or read about people being 'taken-in' by fraudsters or scammers we sometimes think: "How could they be so gullible?", or "I wouldn't fall for that!". Don't be so sure! There are many, many very plausible and convincing crooks out there making a lot of money from 'sensible' members of the public, every single day. We all need to watch out!

One key to fraud and scams is gaining trust. So a fraudster may pose as the police, or a Govt. official, or a new friend - who might become something more than just a friend one day!

Two recent examples:
1) 'Police' fraud. Two elderly local families lost thousands of pounds recently in 'police' scams, based around 'detectives' asking the residents to help them quickly to catch criminals in their Bank. The details are not important, but a key point that should set alarms bells ringing is if you are told 'Don't tell anybody about this'. You may be keen to help the police, but if you are not allowed to tell someone you trust completely, there is something very wrong! And, naturally you will ask for their police identity number, and say you will call back after dialling 101, won't you?

2) Romance fraud is naturally a longer game. Sadly, many people (and not just single ones) want someone new in their lives - initially probably just to chat to. But criminals can use this loneliness to gradually win the trust of these people, and take them for a ride in a variety of financial scams, from loans, to sudden emergencies or amazing investment opportunities.
Here is a booklet on this subject: Romance Fraud.

Please send on these warnings to your Scheme members. Think how you would feel if one of them was caught out, and you had not passed on a warning!

Many thanks


Message sent by
David Alder (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley)

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