Newry community warned to be vigilant after attempted scam

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Friday, December 6th, 2013
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Police in Newry and Mourne are reminding the public to be vigilant of scams and ploys to defraud you of money.

The reminder comes following an incident where a member of the public responded to an advertisement in a newspaper for an offer of casual employment in crowd sourcing.

This consists of customer service surveys and secret shopper type work.

On expression of interest to this advert the member of the public was sent a bankers draft of £3860 from a French bank to carry out work on behalf of an unnamed company with the only source or point of contact being a person in the Republic of Ireland with an email account.

The instructions were vague for the person to lodge this money into his bank account and to await for “assignments” to carry out at Western Union and Moneygram outlets as well as restaurant locations.

The member of the public became suspicious and reported this to Police.

Police are reminding the public to be aware of these types of fraud. If you are offered payment before you carry out any work or if you are asked to transfer money to other accounts – stop and think! If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Your local Crime Prevention officer can offer advice on how to recognise a potential scam and the PSNI website contains a very useful ‘Little Book of Big Scams’ which is free to download – http://www.psni.police.uk/psni_little_book_of_big_scams_online_29.11.12.pdf

If you believe you have been a victim of a scam you should report the incident to police on 0845 600 8000 and to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/home or telephone 0300 123 2040.


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