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Date for diaries - Scam and fraud awareness

Alert message sent 23/01/2018 10:53:00

Information sent on behalf of Northamptonshire Police

Officers from the Wellingborough neighbourhood policing team and staff from Natwest, will be attending the Wellingborough pop up shop on Saturday 10th and Saturday 24th of February from 10am till 12pm. During this time, staff from Natwest will be on hand to provide you with the knowledge and skills to protect yourself from fraud and scams.

If you get asked about your finances by phone, email or text, keep the phrase, 'My money? My info? I don't think so' at the forefront of your mind, along with this advice:
  • A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account.
  • Only give out personal or financial details to use a service that you’re expecting to contact you, that you’ve given your consent to and that you trust.
  • Don't be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
  • Always question uninvited approaches, in case it's a scam.
Be aware that scammers often use phones, emails or texts to pretend to represent a trusted organisation to convince people to part with personal and financial information, They can cite fake reasons for needing this, including the idea that your account details need to be 'updated' or 'verified', or that a refund is due.

Once stolen information is in their hands criminals can use it to either access customer accounts to withdraw money or make card payments. They'll even try to persuade customers to transfer money directly to them.

So, anytime you feel doubtful, just remember: "My money? My info? I don't think so." Real bank staff won't mind if you hang up the phone and call back to make sure you're safe.

Please come and visit the pop up shop on the above dates to receive further advice. The attached image highlights the location of the pop up shop.

We look forward to meeting you.

 
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Paul Hurst (Police, PCSO, Wellingborough )
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