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Scam advice

Alert message sent 08/10/2019 13:36:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Scams are schemes to con you out of your money. They usually come by post, phone or email.
There are hundreds of scams – fake lotteries and prize draws, get-rich-quick schemes, bogus health cures, investment scams, pyramid selling. The list goes on.
Every year, three million people in the UK are victims of scams, often losing hundreds or even thousands of pounds. The scammers are clever and people from all walks of life get duped.
Advice;
Email:
Ensure your computer is protected by personal firewall and anti-virus software and keep them regularly updated
Report any abuse to your Internet service provider (ISP)
Never reply to any email you are unsure of.
Visit Bank Safe Online to report all suspicious banking emails
Report suspicious PayPal emails to spoof@paypal.co.uk
Report suspicious ebay scams or emails  to spoof@ebay.co.uk
Telephone:
Never accept offers over the phone “if they sound too good to be true, they usually are”
Never give personal details over the phone
Report any suspicious phone calls to your phone company
Consider registering your number with Telephone Preference Service (TPS Online) or 0845 070 0707
Most telephone providers will block anonymous callers
Never give your credit or bank card PIN number out over the phone. This information is never requested legitimately by your bank or the police
If you think something is wrong, hang up the phone
Post:
Many postal scams look genuine and are designed to trick you. Never respond by sending money or personal details to unsolicited mail
If you respond to one postal scam you may be bombarded by others as your name may be circulated to other scammers
If you are unsure about a piece of mail, ask a friend for their opinion or contact Consumer Direct on 0845 404 0506
Beware of unwanted mail from outside this country or from a postbox (PO Box) address in this country
Message sent by
Andrew Ritchie (Police, PCSO, Eastleigh)

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