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Rise in Scams across the South

Alert message sent 03/02/2018 09:39:00

Information sent on behalf of Dorset Alert

Good Morning -- as previously mentioned we are seeing a sharp rise, or resurrection of a number of scams across the country, in the main the elderly and vulnerable are targeted:-- Please be on your guard.

1. Phone calls from person(s), pertaining to be officer from the Metropolitan Police (or other force) suggesting that they have arrested an offender for fraudulent use, or cloning of (the victims) bank or credit cards. The victim is generally given a couple of numbers to and confirm what the 'offenders' are up to - this is achieved by keeping the phone line open, always check your phone for a dial tone.

2. Similar scam to 1. but the victim is targeted at home, via cold-calling, but on the same basis, advising an account or accounts have been compromised.

The police or banks will never ask for banking information, such as pins. account numbers etc.

3. Microsoft Scam -- this is a resurrected scam. where the intended victims is contacted via phone, and advised that there are a number of software issues, that need to be resolved and ask for remote access to the victims PC/laptop. The offender(s) then go through a process and the victim is presented with a seemingly authentic invoice/bill for anything from £5 or more for the work.....for their banking details. The victim accounts will then be accessed and more taken.

4. HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) scam - the victim(s) are duped into paying outstanding tax or income, generally by initial phone contact, which can be very unnerving. HMRC do not make contact on this basis, it will be via official stationary.

Please ensure you are aware of these scams, if in any doubt just hang up, or close the door, and contact Dorset Police via the 101 number.

Message sent by
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

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