SCAM INVOLVING UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIMS

Alert message sent 10/05/2019 14:41:00

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Good Afternoon,
 
This email is intended to make you aware of the recent fraudulent crimes in the area of Cheshire.

We were originally made aware of the scam by Derby Police.  However, there have recently been a few incidents within Warrington, Winsford and Ellesmere Port.
 
The Scam The suspects are offering elderly and vulnerable victims loans but using their personal banking details to open 'Universal Credit Claims' in their name.
This is usually carried out by phone, however one report was of a suspect approaching a member of public.
 
The Victims - As previously mentioned, they are targetting elderly and vulnerable victims. If this category includes you or you know someone who comes under this bracket, please be aware and make others aware. Although, they target this bracket others may be at risk so keep alert.
 
What to do - Do not pass personal details over the phone or via email. Do not accept a loan if you have been contacted via cold calling ie if someone has called you without you asking them to or wanting them too. If this does occur, put the phone down.
 
If you feel as though you could have been scammed or something does not feel right, please report by calling 101 
 
Thank you,
PCSO 20351 Caroline Griffiths

 
Message sent by
Caroline Griffiths (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU Outer PCSO)

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