Scams, and more scams

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It seems to be an everyday occurance nowadays, and they are getting harder to detect. The only obvious thing about them though is that scams tend to focus on the elderly rather than the younger generations.

So what can we do? Well, we highly recommend that you regularly visit the Trading Standards website to view the latest on scams, and in particular the ones “doing the rounds” at the present time, and also pay a visit to the Action Fraud website who can provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime

Here are some top tips to always remember

  • Never EVER give out your PIN, bank card or bank account details over the phone – in any circumstances.
  • If you are asked to ring a number to confirm the identity of the caller - then DO NOT use your home phone. Fraudsters will keep the line open and have been known to play ring tones, hold music and a recorded message down the phone so the victim believes they are making a call to a legitimate number. If you must ring, then use a mobile, or use a friend’s or neighbour’s telephone instead.
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