Beware of police collection ‘scam’

Daily Echo: Beware of police collection ‘scam’ Beware of police collection ‘scam’

FIRMS in the New Forest are being warned about a phone scam involving calls from bogus police officers.

A businesswoman received a call from someone claiming to a policeman and asking her to “support” fellow officers by donating up to £95.

When the woman said she would have to consult her husband the fraudster hung up. She then rang Hampshire Police, who confirmed the scam.

Acting Chief Inspector Rachel Stokes said: “The police are certainly not contacting people to ask for money to support local officers.

“This is another phone scam and I’d advise everyone to be on their guard if they receive any unsolicited calls in which they’re asked for money, personal information or bank details.”

Last year New Forest businesses were targeted by conman who tried to persuade them to pay for adverts in a non-existent police magazine.

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7:51am Wed 11 Sep 13

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Tell any callers to FOXTROTT OSCAR !
Tell any callers to FOXTROTT OSCAR ! SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 0

9:04am Wed 11 Sep 13

Malcy says...

These Scums have no boundaries, our telephoned was installed the middle of July, 3 weeks after we had a call asking for a person other than me a Mr ? I said to my Wife, how can they have our number as it's new to us, 3 weeks ago I had a call that I thought was the same source again asking for the same person, I then turned into an idiot with a barrage of gobbly gook nonsense, unbelievably he called again 5 minutes later, I shouted very loud What!! then sang my nonsense he hung up, immediately after him a woman phoned asking for Mrs ? This week again it could be the same source he asked for a Mr Watts, I replied, WHAT many times put the phone on the arm of the Sofa still connected, I listened to the phone and he had hung up, I believe they have a West African accent, so beware everyone these Scums are always out there and if they phone you HANG UP
These Scums have no boundaries, our telephoned was installed the middle of July, 3 weeks after we had a call asking for a person other than me a Mr ? I said to my Wife, how can they have our number as it's new to us, 3 weeks ago I had a call that I thought was the same source again asking for the same person, I then turned into an idiot with a barrage of gobbly gook nonsense, unbelievably he called again 5 minutes later, I shouted very loud What!! then sang my nonsense he hung up, immediately after him a woman phoned asking for Mrs ? This week again it could be the same source he asked for a Mr Watts, I replied, WHAT many times put the phone on the arm of the Sofa still connected, I listened to the phone and he had hung up, I believe they have a West African accent, so beware everyone these Scums are always out there and if they phone you HANG UP Malcy
  • Score: 1

11:15am Wed 11 Sep 13

Sovietobserver says...

People need to be extremely vigilant about the ever increasing number of bogus calls everyone seems to be receiving.
Some are becoming very convincing scams - one that I got stated it came from 'Verified by Visa' they detailed three high value purchases that had been detected, with quite specific details of amounts involved and relevant data - Argos, Tesco Direct and Amazon.
They do not ask for any details at all and tell you to call your bank, 'as a matter of urgency' on the number on the back of your credit/debit card and quote a reference number that they give you which ought to be a safe thing.
BUT, when you hang up, they don't , and they keep the line open and then play a dial tone on the phone, so when you phone the bank, you stay on the line to the scammers, and they can then try and get details from you as you now think that you are talking to your bank.
Didn't work with me as I called my bank on my mobile.
If this happens to you, it was suggested you call 1471, to both check who called you and to make sure the line has been 'dropped' and you are still not connected to the scammers.
I was told 'Verified by Visa' will never call a customer themselves, but any call about possible fraud would come via your bank.
Another tactic used ,I've been told about, is scammers purporting to be the police investigating illegal transactions made by some apprehended persons, and saying that they will send a 'courier' to collect your card or convince you to transfer your cash to a 'safe' account.
People need to be extremely vigilant about the ever increasing number of bogus calls everyone seems to be receiving. Some are becoming very convincing scams - one that I got stated it came from 'Verified by Visa' they detailed three high value purchases that had been detected, with quite specific details of amounts involved and relevant data - Argos, Tesco Direct and Amazon. They do not ask for any details at all and tell you to call your bank, 'as a matter of urgency' on the number on the back of your credit/debit card and quote a reference number that they give you which ought to be a safe thing. BUT, when you hang up, they don't , and they keep the line open and then play a dial tone on the phone, so when you phone the bank, you stay on the line to the scammers, and they can then try and get details from you as you now think that you are talking to your bank. Didn't work with me as I called my bank on my mobile. If this happens to you, it was suggested you call 1471, to both check who called you and to make sure the line has been 'dropped' and you are still not connected to the scammers. I was told 'Verified by Visa' will never call a customer themselves, but any call about possible fraud would come via your bank. Another tactic used ,I've been told about, is scammers purporting to be the police investigating illegal transactions made by some apprehended persons, and saying that they will send a 'courier' to collect your card or convince you to transfer your cash to a 'safe' account. Sovietobserver
  • Score: 3

11:50am Wed 11 Sep 13

Zexagon says...

Sovietobserver wrote:
People need to be extremely vigilant about the ever increasing number of bogus calls everyone seems to be receiving.
Some are becoming very convincing scams - one that I got stated it came from 'Verified by Visa' they detailed three high value purchases that had been detected, with quite specific details of amounts involved and relevant data - Argos, Tesco Direct and Amazon.
They do not ask for any details at all and tell you to call your bank, 'as a matter of urgency' on the number on the back of your credit/debit card and quote a reference number that they give you which ought to be a safe thing.
BUT, when you hang up, they don't , and they keep the line open and then play a dial tone on the phone, so when you phone the bank, you stay on the line to the scammers, and they can then try and get details from you as you now think that you are talking to your bank.
Didn't work with me as I called my bank on my mobile.
If this happens to you, it was suggested you call 1471, to both check who called you and to make sure the line has been 'dropped' and you are still not connected to the scammers.
I was told 'Verified by Visa' will never call a customer themselves, but any call about possible fraud would come via your bank.
Another tactic used ,I've been told about, is scammers purporting to be the police investigating illegal transactions made by some apprehended persons, and saying that they will send a 'courier' to collect your card or convince you to transfer your cash to a 'safe' account.
Wait for the courier with a baseball bat
[quote][p][bold]Sovietobserver[/bold] wrote: People need to be extremely vigilant about the ever increasing number of bogus calls everyone seems to be receiving. Some are becoming very convincing scams - one that I got stated it came from 'Verified by Visa' they detailed three high value purchases that had been detected, with quite specific details of amounts involved and relevant data - Argos, Tesco Direct and Amazon. They do not ask for any details at all and tell you to call your bank, 'as a matter of urgency' on the number on the back of your credit/debit card and quote a reference number that they give you which ought to be a safe thing. BUT, when you hang up, they don't , and they keep the line open and then play a dial tone on the phone, so when you phone the bank, you stay on the line to the scammers, and they can then try and get details from you as you now think that you are talking to your bank. Didn't work with me as I called my bank on my mobile. If this happens to you, it was suggested you call 1471, to both check who called you and to make sure the line has been 'dropped' and you are still not connected to the scammers. I was told 'Verified by Visa' will never call a customer themselves, but any call about possible fraud would come via your bank. Another tactic used ,I've been told about, is scammers purporting to be the police investigating illegal transactions made by some apprehended persons, and saying that they will send a 'courier' to collect your card or convince you to transfer your cash to a 'safe' account.[/p][/quote]Wait for the courier with a baseball bat Zexagon
  • Score: 0

12:16pm Wed 11 Sep 13

Sovietobserver says...

Zexagon wrote:
Sovietobserver wrote:
People need to be extremely vigilant about the ever increasing number of bogus calls everyone seems to be receiving.
Some are becoming very convincing scams - one that I got stated it came from 'Verified by Visa' they detailed three high value purchases that had been detected, with quite specific details of amounts involved and relevant data - Argos, Tesco Direct and Amazon.
They do not ask for any details at all and tell you to call your bank, 'as a matter of urgency' on the number on the back of your credit/debit card and quote a reference number that they give you which ought to be a safe thing.
BUT, when you hang up, they don't , and they keep the line open and then play a dial tone on the phone, so when you phone the bank, you stay on the line to the scammers, and they can then try and get details from you as you now think that you are talking to your bank.
Didn't work with me as I called my bank on my mobile.
If this happens to you, it was suggested you call 1471, to both check who called you and to make sure the line has been 'dropped' and you are still not connected to the scammers.
I was told 'Verified by Visa' will never call a customer themselves, but any call about possible fraud would come via your bank.
Another tactic used ,I've been told about, is scammers purporting to be the police investigating illegal transactions made by some apprehended persons, and saying that they will send a 'courier' to collect your card or convince you to transfer your cash to a 'safe' account.
Wait for the courier with a baseball bat
Problem is Zexagon they are selective, (they do a little research on their would-be victims), and probably single out elderly and vulnerable people , gives them an easy target without any hassle.
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sovietobserver[/bold] wrote: People need to be extremely vigilant about the ever increasing number of bogus calls everyone seems to be receiving. Some are becoming very convincing scams - one that I got stated it came from 'Verified by Visa' they detailed three high value purchases that had been detected, with quite specific details of amounts involved and relevant data - Argos, Tesco Direct and Amazon. They do not ask for any details at all and tell you to call your bank, 'as a matter of urgency' on the number on the back of your credit/debit card and quote a reference number that they give you which ought to be a safe thing. BUT, when you hang up, they don't , and they keep the line open and then play a dial tone on the phone, so when you phone the bank, you stay on the line to the scammers, and they can then try and get details from you as you now think that you are talking to your bank. Didn't work with me as I called my bank on my mobile. If this happens to you, it was suggested you call 1471, to both check who called you and to make sure the line has been 'dropped' and you are still not connected to the scammers. I was told 'Verified by Visa' will never call a customer themselves, but any call about possible fraud would come via your bank. Another tactic used ,I've been told about, is scammers purporting to be the police investigating illegal transactions made by some apprehended persons, and saying that they will send a 'courier' to collect your card or convince you to transfer your cash to a 'safe' account.[/p][/quote]Wait for the courier with a baseball bat[/p][/quote]Problem is Zexagon they are selective, (they do a little research on their would-be victims), and probably single out elderly and vulnerable people , gives them an easy target without any hassle. Sovietobserver
  • Score: 2

2:41pm Wed 11 Sep 13

BeyondImagination says...

Only give to charities you know and have decided to support. Say no to everyone else.
Only give to charities you know and have decided to support. Say no to everyone else. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 3

5:33pm Wed 11 Sep 13

mickey01 says...

we had a computer virus type from the so called police accusing us of downloading illegally and the met wanted 90 quid to release our computer (which they had frozen ) within 48hrs but i became suspicious when they asked for it to be paid direct so be careful
we had a computer virus type from the so called police accusing us of downloading illegally and the met wanted 90 quid to release our computer (which they had frozen ) within 48hrs but i became suspicious when they asked for it to be paid direct so be careful mickey01
  • Score: -1

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