Police warn public about local newspaper advertisement scams

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Thursday, January 31st, 2013
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If something doesn’t feel right or seems too good to be true, it usually is. That was the message from police in E District -which incorporates the Newry & Mourne area – who have reminded the public not to fall prey to scams which involve transferring money from your account or through money transfers. The reminder comes after a local woman responded to an advertisement in a local newspaper offering the opportunity to earn money from home. The lady contacted the number given in the advertisement and was told that she would be working as a secret shopper, rating businesses who carry out money transfers on their customer service. Her details were taken and she received a cheque for €5280. The resident lodged the cheque in her bank and was asked to withdraw several thousand pounds in cash and transfer it to two different addresses in South Africa. Police believe this was a scam and are warning the public to be vigilant. A spokesperson for the police stated, “Do not share your personal or financial details with any unidentified person. If you are unsure of a bank transaction or suspicious of its validity contact your bank. Do not pass money on to an unidentified person or company.” “We all need to be really alert to the possibility of fraud. That is why we have developed the ‘Little Book of Big Scams’ to help people protect themselves against a number of the most common phone, online and postal scams out there.” The PSNI spokesman added, “The Little Book of Big Scams is an exceptional crime prevention tool written in an easy to understand format with helpful graphics and useful links to other resources. “It can be obtained by contacting your local Crime Prevention Officer or by downloading it from the PSNI website www.psni.police.uk. You will also find details of your Crime Prevention officer on this site.”
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