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SCAM ADVICE

Alert message sent 25/04/2020 08:21:00

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Your Neighbourhood Policing Team have been made aware of further SCAMs that are being circulated 1. via Text messages, apparently from mobile phone providers O2. 2. DVLA, text saying it’s from the DVLA and they are to press on a link in the text to visit a 'secure link' to input their bank card details and process their refund, asking people to click on the link and it brought up a message saying 'deceptive site ahead', please be very mindful of any unusual text message you receive. There are numerous types of scams like this doing the rounds. Our advice to you is if you receive any text or email message asking you for financial details or saying you need to update your details DO NOT click the link! Make contact with your supplier, whether it mobile phones, utilities etc and ask if they have sent out any messages, please note companies do not normally send out this type of message. See below for more info:
 
Text Message Scams (smishing)
This scam involves a fraudster sending text messages (also known as an SMS) at random to mobile phones. The text messages claim to come from a reputable organisation such as your bank or mobile phone company.
The message will try to trick you into clicking on a link to a bogus website or calling a phone number, usually by claiming you need to “verify” or “update” your details or “reactivate” an account. The criminal will then attempt to get you to disclose personal or financial information, which they will use for their own fraudulent purposes.
Often the messages will attempt to alarm you, claiming that you need to act urgently or face serious consequences.
How to avoid this type of scam:
Be wary of text messages that:
are unsolicited and supposedly come from a reputable organisation, such as a bank or credit card company
encourage you urgently to visit a website or call a number to verify or update your details
request your personal information such as username, password or bank account.
Text Message Scams (smishing)
This scam involves a fraudster sending text messages (also known as an SMS) at random to mobile phones. The text messages claim to come from a reputable organisation such as your bank or mobile phone company.
The message will try to trick you into clicking on a link to a bogus website or calling a phone number, usually by claiming you need to “verify” or “update” your details or “reactivate” an account. The criminal will then attempt to get you to disclose personal or financial information, which they will use for their own fraudulent purposes.
Often the messages will attempt to alarm you, claiming that you need to act urgently or face serious consequences.
How to avoid this type of scam:
Be wary of text messages that:
are unsolicited and supposedly come from a reputable organisation, such as a bank or credit card company
encourage you urgently to visit a website or call a number to verify or update your details
request your personal information such as username, password or bank account.
Remember
do not reply to the text message
be cautious about clicking on any links that may be embedded or calling the number in a text message
If you think you might have responded to a text message scam and provided your bank account details, contact your bank immediately.

Regards
Mark Raper
Community Beat manager





 
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Mark Raper (Police, PC, Isle of Axholme Central & South & North)

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