Police Warning – Phone Scam

Message sent by
Kerry White (Police, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Chiltern & South Bucks LPA)

We have been made aware about a suspicious phone call where someone stated they were working on behalf of the police. They said they were working as part of the crime prevention team and wanted to know about the caller’s home. This is not the police and we would not be carrying out such phone calls. Please be aware and be careful with what details you are passing over the phone.

Almost everyone will be approached by a scammer at some stage. Some scams are very easy to spot while other scams may appear to be genuine offers or bargains. Scams can even take place without you doing anything at all.

Most scams need you to do something before they can work. You may send money to someone based on a promise that turns out to be false. You may give your personal details to people who turn out to be scammers. Some scams rely on you agreeing to deals without getting advice first or buying a product without checking it out properly.

The simple tips below will help you protect yourself and your family from scams. Scams can cost people a lot of money and cause a great deal of distress. By following these simple tips, you can protect yourself against scams.

· If you receive a phone call out of the blue, always ask for the name of the person you are speaking to and who they represent.

· Do not give your personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source.

· It is best not to respond to text messages or missed calls that come from numbers you don’t recognise.

· Be careful of phone numbers beginning with 190. These are charged at a premium rate and can be very expensive.

· Look out for SMS and MMS numbers that start with 19. These are charged at a premium rate (sometimes even for receiving a message) and can be very expensive.

· Do not let anyone pressure you into making decisions about money or investments: always get independent financial advice.

· If you do not feel comfortable, just hang up.

If you think you have been a victim of a scam and would like further advice, then please call Action Fraud on: 0300 123 2040. Alternatively, please call Trading Standards on 08454 040506.

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