Police issue business scam alert for Newry

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Saturday, January 19th, 2013
Police in Newry are advising local businesses to be wary of unsolicited phone calls asking them to advertise in magazines that they are not familiar with. The advice follows reports that a business in the Newry area was approached on behalf of someone purporting to be from an Emergency Services Magazine requesting they buy advertising space. This is a scam in an attempt to obtain money rather than a legitimate approach. Genuine magazines, including those that cater for the interests of police officers, will not hesitate to tell you who they are and where they can be contacted. A Spokesman for the Police said, “Our advice is that you should never disclose financial details or make commitments to pay by credit card to cold callers. Reputable organisations will give you the chance to think about your response. “Do not let anyone pressurise you into making a commitment. Take your time in coming to a decision. After all, it’s your money, so think carefully about whether or not you want the advertising exposure that is offered, and also check to see how many editions are printed and where they will be circulated. The spokesman added, “The important issue is to be able to distinguish the genuine from the bogus. It’s important to be cautious, even if the caller claims to represent a genuine organisation, such as one of the emergency services or a charity. “If you think you have been a victim of an advertising scam, contact your local police.” Anyone who has been approached in a similar nature, or needs advice from a Crime Prevention Officer should contact your local Police. The telephone number to ring is 0845 600 8000.
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