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Advice issued after Farnborough man receives suspicious phone call

Alert message sent 17/08/2016 14:59:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

We are reminding residents to be vigilant after a man received a phone call from someone who falsely claimed to be one of our crime prevention advisers.

The man, from Farnborough, received a call yesterday (Tuesday, August 16) from a man who claimed he was putting together a list of 20 recommended traders, as part of a campaign to name and shame rogue workmen.

The caller said he knew the man was a plumber and that he had received his details from Hampshire Trading Standards.

The line dropped out at that point so the man called back, only to get through to an answerphone message. 

The man did not think the caller was from Hampshire Constabulary and believed it was a scam call. He did the right thing and reported it to us by calling 101.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Crime Prevention team never contact people in this way, and Trading Standards only promote traders who had been independently vetted by them and were members of the Buy With Confidence trader approval scheme.

We are reminding people to protect themselves using the following advice:

•    Never give out any personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone
•    If someone calls claiming to be a police officer or staff member, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up the call and advise that you will call them back using the 101 number. A genuine police officer or staff member will not mind waiting while you check. Call them back from a different phone if possible or wait at least 10 minutes before making the call.
•    If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible
•    If someone comes to your door claiming to be a police officer or staff member, always ask for identification and make a note of their identification number. Ask them to wait while you verify their identity. Close the door and call 101.

If you have received a call that you believe to be scam, please call 101.
Message sent by
Christopher Gregory (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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