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Police Warning: Beware of Scams!

Wes Smith, Charlbury’own Police Community Support Officer, warns us against scams:
‘On my patrols I have been approached by a number of people asking me about scam letters, emails and telephone scams. These can be fake lottery and prize draw wins, get rich quick investment cons and miracle health cures. These are just some of the tricks scammers try. The most recent and frequent scam I have come across is either through a letter or email saying the person is from a war torn African country and needs to move millions of US dollars to a UK bank and promises you at least 20% for help. All you have to do is send across your bank details.
NEVER give your banks details to anyone, not over the phone, letter or email.
Remember if you didn’t enter a competition, lottery etc how can you win it? If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Though anyone can fall for a scam, the elderly and vulnerable are more likely to be targeted.
Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of a scam, or suspects a scam is being attempted can contact Consumer Direct for clear, practical advice.
TEL: 08454 04 05 06

For leaflets or more information please visit the Charlbury police office on Mondays 12pm-3pm or Fridays 9am-12pm
Or contact me on 0845 8 505 505 or email:
Don’t let them con you’

Valou Pakenham-Walsh · Tue 19 Oct 2010, 09:15 · Link

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