11:50am Friday 13th September 2013
PEOPLE are being warned about a scam where they are contacted on a social networking site and asked to take out contract mobile phones.
Cleveland Police say the victim is unaware that they are being contacted through a hacked account by fraudsters and are asked if they want to make money by taking out contract mobile phones which will then be cancelled at the network by an associate of the fraudster.
After being contacted on Facebook, some victims have gone into mobile phone shops and taken out contracts with their own personal details.
The mobile phone is then handed over to the fraudster, who assures the victim that he or she will be paid once the handset is sold and that the contract has been cancelled at the network.
The victim is then left to pay for the contract when the bills start to arrive.
Sergeant Mark Doherty said: “We want to make members of the public aware of this scam so that they can protect themselves wherever possible. It is important to remember that, if something sounds too good to be true then it usually is.”
Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim or anyone with further information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.
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