Don’t let scammers fool you – stay a step ahead

Be A Step Ahead From The Scammers Don’t Let Them Fool You

Dear Members

Scammers use clever techniques to part people from their money and gain their personal details that are then used to commit fraud. Trading Standards has some tips as to how you can avoid becoming a victim of scams and protect your personal and financial information.

• Don’t assume those contacting you, whether that is over the phone, by e-mail or in person, are genuine, even if they tell you information about yourself or show you some kind of identify card that looks ‘official’. Contact the organisation they claim to be from to check they are genuine using the details on their website rather than any the caller gives you
• Remember, a genuine organisation will never ask you for security details such as your PIN or passwords. If you’re not 100% sure who you are talking to, DON’T give out ANY personal or financial information, even if you are told you have been a victim of fraud or a scam.
• Be confident to refuse unusual requests for your personal or financial information. Don’t be afraid to end conversations you’re not comfortable with.
• Sign up to the Mail Preference Service (0207 291 3310) and Telephone Preference Service (0345 070 0707) to stop unwanted e-mails and telephone calls
To report a trader to Trading Standards or for consumer advice contact Citizens Advice on 03454 040506. You can also report non-emergency matters to your local Police on 101.

Furthermore Severn Trent Water has recently advised us that they can setup a password if anyone has to attend your premises. This is obviously to reduce the fraudsters faking they are from the company cold calling at your door and to reduce Distraction Burglaries. Only the owner will know the password and so should the ‘real’ staff from Severn Trent Water.

Stay Safe

PCSO Ali Haq
Wigston Police Station

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