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Netteswell Neighbourhood Police team PCSO Megan Hardy PC Timothy Knights

‘HOW TO RECOGNISE A SCAM’ A scam is when people con you

out of cash. There are hundreds of types of scams – fake lotteries and prize draws, incredible schemes to make money quickly, fake investment plans, work from home schemes – the list goes on and on.

The people who run these scams are

clever and sophisticated and they know how to persuade us to part with our cash. Most scams have some things in common.

How scam artists succeed – they will:-

● Have slick, professional leaflets and letters. ● Be persistent and persuasive. ● Rush you into making a decision. ● Ask you to send money before you receive their tempting offer or win.

● Sound pleasant, well spoken and kind (on the phone or at your door) and want you to think they’re your friend.

● The chance to join an investment scheme that will make huge amounts of money; and so on.

● A way to earn easy money by helping them get untold millions out of their country.

There are hundreds of examples of

scams but we can all protect ourselves by being sceptical. Is it likely that someone you don’t know, who has contacted you out of the blue, will give you something for nothing?

Caring for Netteswell

As part of Freshwaters church’s aim to help care for Netteswell we are carrying out litter picks on the 1st Saturday of the each month – 9.45pm at David Livingstone URC, Maddox Road. If you would like to join us, or would like to vote for an area to be ‘picked’ then visit, or call 01279 888110.

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● An exclusive entry to a scheme that’s a sure fire way to make money.

They offer you something for nothing – such as: ● You’ve won a prize draw or a lottery (even though you haven’t entered one).

● Catch you unawares, contacting you without you asking them to, by phone, email, post or sometimes in person.

They’ll ask you to:-

● Buy something to get your prize. They will lie to you and give you what

● Ring a premium rate number (all UK premium rate numbers start with 090)

seem to be good reasons why you should do what they say. They will answer your objections. Don’t send any money or give any

personal details to anyone until you’ve checked them out and talked to a professional, family member or a friend. If they ask you to do any of these things they’re trying to cover their tracks and get your money and it’s likely to be a scam.

Other things to look out for:

● They ask you not to tell anyone about the deal.

● They ask you to send money straight away. ● They give you a PO box number as their address.

STOP, THINK AND THINK AGAIN! Tell your friends and family. If you think

you have been the victim of a scam, or you suspect a scam, call 101.

Contd. opposite

● Give them your bank details or other personal details.

● Send money up front – an administration fee or tax - the list is endless but its always a ruse to get you to give them money.

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