More Frauds - don't be a victim!

January 9, 2020

Here is some recent advice from Windsor Police about local Scams and frauds

 

 

FIRST - ANOTHER TELEPHONE FRAUD:
 
The aggrieved received a telephone call at 11 a.m. on Monday 6th January.  The caller said his name was Alexander, but gave no other details.  He said he was phoning because someone at his bank was stealing money from the aggrieved’s account.  The aggrieved was really worried.  ‘Alexander’, gave him the sort code and account number of a safe account and said he should transfer the balance of his account - £9,000 - into that account.  The aggrieved said he would do it the next day.
 
‘Alexander’, phoned again on Tuesday 7th at 10 a.m. to see if the funds had been transferred. The aggrieved said he was going to the bank at 11.30 a.m.  ‘Alexander’ asked the aggrieved to phone him as he was going into the bank, so that he could listen into any conversations.  He also asked for a description of the aggrieved, so that he could watch him on the bank’s CCTV.
 
The aggrieved went to the bank and transferred the funds, without question ! After he came out he confirmed the transfer had gone through and ‘Alexander’ terminated the call. He then started to become suspicious and went back into the bank to ask some questions.  The bank then phoned the police.
 
The bank traced the account to Birmingham.  It appeared that bank account had been used for several suspicious transactions and the police will follow up the address connected to that account. It will take the bank 15 days to see if they can recover the funds !!
 
It was that simple.  The aggrieved was so worried and concerned by what he was being told, he didn’t even ask who Alexander was !
 
 DON’T LET IT BE YOU !
 
 

NEXT - Cold Callers:
 
Preventing doorstep crime. Doorstep crime can include rogue traders offering home improvement or gardening services, or bogus callers who claim to be the council, police,health carers or energy companies.
 
What should I look out for?

 

Rogue traders
• May say they are in the area and have spotted a problem with your home or garden.
• May claim to have materials left over from another job, like paving or tarmac.
• May try to pressurise you to buy goods or sign up for services on the spot.
• May offer to carry out work cheaply, but charge an extortionate price after it has been completed.
• May offer to drive you to a bank so you can withdraw money to pay them.
• Provide false names, addresses or telephone numbers.

 
Pedlars
• A pedlar is someone who calls at your door to sell items that they have on offer. This can often include cleaning or household goods.
• By law, they are required to carry a pedlar’s certificate, which are issued by the police force in the area where they live.
 
Bogus callers
• May claim to be working for the council, water, gas or electric company. They could also say they are a nurse, doctor or from the police.

May say they need to come into your home, or try to get you to go outside.

• May try to distract you so they can steal your money.

• Can be male, female or even children.
 
Tips to keep you safe
• If you are not sure who is at the door, don’t open it.
• Check the identity of any caller. Confirm who they are by calling the company they work for using number from the telephone directory or a bill.
• Ask a neighbour to come around to check them before you open the door.
• Tell them to come back at a time when someone will be at home with you.
• Keep doors and windows locked and use the door chain every time you answer the door.

 
A proper leaflet - DON’T OPEN THE DOOR - is available at:
 
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Not-Sure-Dont-open-the-door-A5-leaflet-4-15.pdf
 
There is also a very useful Members Guide there as well !

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