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Good Citizen Award Scam

Alert message sent 10/03/2016 09:05:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Action Fraud has been receiving reports of an advanced fee fraud whereby suspects phone a member of the public and claim to be calling on behalf of the UK (or British) Government Grant Department. The cold calling fraudsters claim you have won a “Good Citizen Award” – of typically £8,000 – and that the grant can be released for a fee (of around £210). Fortunately, very few members of the public have lost any money as a result of this scam but have reported to Action Fraud in order to help build a picture of this fraud and protect others from falling victim to it.
How to protect yourself:
There is no genuine "Good Citizen Award" scheme in the UK that operates by cold calling “winners” and asking for an upfront fee to release a grant.
If you receive a call that claims to represent such a scheme, it is a scam.
End the phone call – do not give out any personal or financial data.
Please pass this information to family, friends, neighbours and anyone else who may be vulnerable.
For general consumer advice ring Citizen’s Advice Consumer Advice service on 03454 04 05 06.
Message sent by
Timothy O'Hanlon (Police, PC, Warrington LPU Response PC)

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