Police warn people to be on their guard after spate of scam calls (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Police warn people to be on their guard after spate of scam calls
11:38am Monday 4th March 2013 in News
PEOPLE in Darlington have been warned to be on the lookout for telephone scammers after several reports of unsolicited calls asking for money.
Callers have called homes without warning, claiming to be from a computer company or an electricity provider, and have asked for bank details to solve a ‘problem’.
A Darlington Police spokeswoman said: “If you receive an unsolicited or unexpected call, be on your guard as it may be a scam. Fraudsters often sound convincing, professional, and may claim to represent a business you know, for example your bank or an official organisation.
“They may pressure you to act quickly, either because they want to trick you into believing you will miss a golden opportunity to make money, or that you will suffer some sort of loss. Never give information out to anyone who cold calls you on the telephone. Be cautious, and if in doubt, hang up.”
Genuine businesses or organisations will never cold call and ask for personal or financial information.
Anyone who receives a suspect call is asked to report it to Action Fraud on 0300-123-2040 or use their online reporting tool at actionfraud.police.uk/