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Information on Phone Scams and Scams in general plus Asda gift Card scam

Alert message sent 28/09/2021 17:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch


This is a message from Val McPherson Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative for Aylesbury Vale.

Phone scams are a common way for criminals to con people out of money.
A scammer will often pretend to be someone they are not, or make misleading offers of services or investments.
  • What should I do if I get a scam call?
  • Do not give out personal information such as your bank account details or your pin over the phone even if the caller claims to be from your bank.
  • Do not feel intimidated or if the caller does not allow you to speak,  Hang up - END THE CALL. You may feel it is rude to hang up but no-one should be pressurised into doing anything.
  • If you are unsure of the caller - ring the organisation or bank by looking up the number yourself. Do not use the number the caller gives you. 
  • Do  not be rushed into making a decision over the phone. Scammers are very good at pressurising you to give your personal details often saying this offer is time limited or that your bank account is at risk if you do not give the information straight away.
  • Report to ACTION FRAUD on 0300 123 2040 or report online www.actionfraud.police.uk
  • You can also register your phone with TPS - Telephone Preference Service which is free service. It is the official central register on which you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls to your landline or mobile. https://www.tpsonline.org.uk
Please stay alert and make your elderly and vulnerable family and friends aware of these scams.

Further information on Scams,
A scam is a scheme to con people out of their money. You can receive them by:
advert, email, internet, phone, post or even by someone knocking on your door.

Scams that can be reported include:
cold calling doorstep traders
rogue traders
unsafe products
scam mail and emails
underage sales
counterfeit products
loan sharks etc

You can forward scam emails to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service via report@phishing.gov.uk
Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to 7726. This free-of-charge short code enables your provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.
By reporting a scam we can identify local trends and warn others through our social media channels such as: Twitter, Facebook and our Trading Standards Alert newsletter.

If you would like advice, please call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133 or contact them online via the Citizen advice contact us page.

And lastly Asda Gift Card Scam.
If you receive an email saying you will receive a £100 Asda Gift Card for taking a marketing survey- do not be fooled. It is a scam, although the email looked quite genuine and professional, without the normal give way signs of awful spelling errors, but it had some capital letters where it should not ex " Your Opinion is important". So searched and found that Action Fraud had warned about this scam.

Keep Safe.

Val











 
Message sent by
Val McPherson BEM (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley)

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