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Phone Scam appearing to be a local Councillor

Alert message sent 24/03/2021 18:58:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch


This is a message from Val McPherson Vice Chair Princes Risborough & District NW Association.

Princes Risborough resident contacted by scammer pretending to be a councillor

Scammers contacted a resident by phone in early MARCH, purporting to be a local councillor. They told the resident that several banks in Princes Risborough were due to close, enquired as to who the resident banked with and then encouraged him to switch his account elsewhere, which they could help with.
Thankfully the resident was wise to sharing personal details over the phone and ended the call.
Ian THOMPSON, Corporate Director for Planning, Growth and Sustainability who oversees Trading Standards, says :
“Many residents are aware that over this election period its normal to be contacted by a councillor be that over phone, text, e-mail or on the doorstep.”

“Sadly, fraudsters are taking advantage of this season to impersonate respected members of the community to gain trust and scam residents”
 
“Always remember that councillors and other authority figures won’t ask for your personal details or financial information”
 
As with all cold call fraud, Trading Standards advice is :-
 
Never engage with someone or allow them access to your home unless you are able to verify their authenticity and who they are.
Be sceptical, stay calm, and don’t be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door

Report all scams to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on – T : 0808 - 223 - 1133 or if a person feels threatening phone 999.

Please can you let me know if you still have your Cold Calling Stickers in your windows if not please inform your Co-ordinators who in turn will inform me of the number of stickers they require for their members.
Thank you
Val
Message sent by
Val McPherson BEM (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley)

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