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West Mercia Police Notice


Please be on your guard. Over recent days, scams of various different types have been reported. These come in a variety of ways, ranging from telephone fraudsters attempting to extract money, to on-line scams and unsolicited emails containing a link.

Below are some examples of recent reports:

0323S 200220

Telephone Scammer - Bewdley
A resident received a telephone call purporting to be from a police officer, said to be a DC Alan Harper. The scammer asked the victim if they banked with Barclays as their card had been used in Argos, London and £499 had been taken out. The victim did not at disclose personal details, however was shaken by receiving such a call.

0495S 180220

Deception/Fraud – Worcester
The victim was having a Facebook conversation with someone whom she thought was one of her friends. The ‘friend’ sent a link, which stated that the victim’s name, along with other names listed, had won a cash prize and not yet claimed. In order to make the claim, the victim must first send over an amount of money, which unfortunately they did. It then transpired the victim had NOT in fact been communicating with her friend and that her friend’s Facebook account had been hacked.

0343S 180220

Attempted Deception - Telford
A Facebook message advertising a property to rent. The message stated that there would be a refundable a deposit. This was fake in an attempt to get monies deposited.

0401S 160220

HMRC Telephone Scam – Telford
A Telford resident received a telephone call from a male stating that there were problems with the victim’s computer and that they could fixed it for a fee. The victim allowed remote access to their computer. After providing transactions via debit card the scammer has re-contacted the victim - explaining that they can give him lifetime cover for his computer for £1700 which they will debit from his same bank card number. The fraudster told the victim to tell the bank that the money is for home improvements should he be asked by bank staff and to send the money via MoneyGram to ‘Susan Jones’ in India and to tell the Post Office that he is sending money to a relative. Victim has then been re-contacted and told that the MoneyGram transaction has failed and that he should repeat the process.

0016S 130220

Deception/Fraud – Amazon Prime
Telephone call from a male who gave his name as ‘Mark Johnson’ from AMAZON PRIME on telephone number 02032901080. The fraudster said there was a problem with the victim’s PRIME account and unfortunately an extra request for £50 was coming through. The fraudster asked the victim for their bank details which unfortunately have been disclosed.

Courier Fraud
We are continually urging people to be vigilant to Courier Fraud.

Police officers, HMRC, banks will NEVER ask for account details or PINs over the phone.
Police would NOT come around to your house to collect your cards or property.
Police will NEVER ask for payment in gift cards. (This is the equivalent of handing over cash to the fraudster).

If you receive a call by someone claiming to be a police officer, HMRC, Bank or other official body asking for money, hang up immediately, wait 10 minutes and call 101, using another phone if possible.

In an emergency, or if a crime is in progress call 999.

We would encourage anyone with elderly relatives or friends to talk to them about the Courier Fraud Scam and the other on-line scams to make sure that they are aware.

Action Fraud
Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cybercrime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

You can report fraud or cyber-crime using the online reporting service at any time of the day or night; the service enables you to both report a fraud and find help and support. Action Fraud also provides help and advice over the phone through the Action Fraud contact centre. You can talk to our fraud and cybercrime specialists by calling 0300-123 2040.

Stay Safe Online

For expert advice both personal and for business visit:

For Crime Prevention information please visit the West Mercia Police website

Report online
You can now submit reports online, it’s a quick and simple process to use

Please note -if a crime is in progress, or in an emergency dial 999.

Date: 21/02/2020

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