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Scam warning in Gosport

Alert message sent 31/12/2018 16:53:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Please pass this information on to your elderly friends or relatives if they live in Gosport.

We are urging people to warn friends and relatives after a man from Gosport was contacted as part of a scam

The man, aged in his eighties, was contacted by phone at home on Monday 31 December by a man pretending to be a police officer.

The so-called ‘officer’ said that he was investigating counterfeit currency.

He asked the victim to withdraw cash from his bank, which he did, but did not pass any cash to a third party because he became suspicious.

We have received a number of similar reports in the Gosport area during December.

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting 44180483121.

Another version of this scam is where fraudsters posing as police officers claim to be investigating a jewellers for selling counterfeit items, and ask the victim to buy expensive goods which are later collected.

Other requests include victims buying hundreds of pounds worth of iTunes vouchers to be collected by a courier.

Police officers or bank officials would never ask you for money. If someone does call you in this way, hang up. Always try to use another phone line to report this to the police by calling 101.

We would like to remind people to protect themselves by using the following advice:
  • Never give out personal or bank details to anyone who contacts you unexpectedly.
  • Never tell anyone your PIN number.
  • If you have given out information which could compromise your bank security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
  • Never hand over your card, money or valuables to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.
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James Pusey (Police, Corporate Communications, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight)

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