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Census Text Scam Warning

Text below received yesterday. It is a scam.

Text message below states that the recipient made a mistake on their form and liable for a fine and invited to review their information. They are then directed to a bogus Census website. A couple of pages in, the recipient is asked for bank account details to pay a fee. Fortunately, the recipient became suspicious and contacted me.

We advise you do NOT respond to these text messages, and be mindful these may also appear as emails.

At no point will you be asked for your national insurance number, passwords, bank account details, or your credit or debit card numbers, nor any payment

You will not be called for information about the census, unless you’ve made an appointment with the Census Contact Centre or made a query or complaint

REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULE
Never click on links in unsolicited texts or emails

Suspicious texts should be forwarded to 7726 and suspicious emails forwarded to report@phishing.gov.uk

Please share to make others aware. Please warn others who may not see our social media and email warnings.

Would you pledge to #Tell2 elderly or vulnerable relatives and neighbours to help keep them safe?

Message Sent By
Sam Hancock (Police, Cyber Protect Officer, Leicestershire)

Warning Regarding Becoming A Repeat Victim of Fraud

What is Fraud Recovery Fraud?  

Fraud Recovery Fraud is when criminals contact victims purporting to be from their bank, a law enforcement agency, solicitors or “specialist recovery” firm. They will already have some knowledge of the victim’s case and will claim to be able to help the victim get their money back, or some amount of compensation, for a fee. This is often because it is the same criminal targeting the victim again, or the victim’s details have been sold on the dark web to other fraudsters.

Once the fee is paid, the criminals will keep requesting further costs, claiming this has to be paid before the money can be returned. They may claim these “fees” can’t be taken from the money that has been recovered because that money is under the control of a court and can only be paid directly to the victim. In some cases they will ask the victim for their bank account details, so they can send them the recovered money. This is another scam, and they will use the information to empty the victim’s bank account.

How can I protect myself?

Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and even the police. They spend hours researching you for their scams, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment. Stop and think. It could protect you and your money.

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 ok 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 on 0300 123 2040 or via www.actionfraud.police.uk.

As well as websites, scammers will often target potential victims via email and telephone. Members of the public who have received an email which they are not quite sure about are urged to forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) at report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to 7726. This free-of-charge short code enables telephone providers to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.

Please do not report crime or Incidents via ‘Neighbourhood Link’ as the messages are not always monitored.

Message Sent By
Rebecca Spilane (Leicestershire Police, Economic Crime Unit,Fraud Vulnerability Officer,Leicestershire)

 

Police Scam Warning

Warning Issued Following Reports of Telephone Scam Claiming To Be Leics Police

The force is urging people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to remain vigilant and be wary of a telephone scam currently in operation.

Six reports have been received in the past week in which a total of £18,000 has been erroneously handed over.

From enquiries carried out so far, many calls follow the below scenario:

A cold call is made to a victim by someone claiming to work with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) or national insurance and that information is required to be passed on to the police. The call is then ended

The victim then receives a further call which is shown to be from 0116 222 2222 – which is the main switchboard number for Leicestershire Police. Please note this number is ‘spoofed’ – ie faked. Numbers shown on a caller ID are NOT confirmation or verification of where a call is coming from – the phone is merely displaying what it has been told to say.

A person claiming to be a police officer then speaks to the victim, stating the victim’s details are being used to open a large number of bank accounts. Threatening language may be use and victims have been told they are in trouble and could be arrested or taken to court
The caller then provides a bank account number and asks the victim to transfer money over for ‘safe keeping’

Nicole McIntyre, from the force’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “We will never contact you and ask you to transfer funds.

“Should you receive a call from the force phone number where someone asks you to send money, please hang up immediately.

“You can contact us on 101 should you need to clarify the information. Always leave more than ten seconds between hanging up and dialling out to ensure the original call has terminated.

“Please pass this information on to any friends of family members who may not be aware of this scam or who could be particularly vulnerable to the way these criminals operate. If we work together, we can try and prevent more people from falling victim.”

If you are a victim of this scam – or know someone who has been – please contact us on 101. You can also report incidents online by visiting
https://www.leics.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

You should also contact your bank immediately.

You can also make a report to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

If you use Facebook, why not give Leicestershire Police Cyber Aware a follow for warnings regarding scams, fraud and guidance on how to stay safe online.

    

Message Sent By
Sam Hancock (Police, Cyber Protect Officer, Leicestershire)