Police warn public about unsolicitied phone calls

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Police in Newry are reminding the public never to give personal or financial details to unsolicited callers. The reminder follows a phone call received by a resident of Loanda Crescent on Monday, 5 March. The resident was contacted by a male with an English accent who stated that the resident was required to pay £400 to renew their medical card. The caller explained that the payment could be made through Western Union or Money Gram and gave a number to be phoned once this paper work was complete. The resident contacted medical authorities and confirmed that this call was a scam. Members of the public are reminded never to give out personal details over the phone. If you are unsure of a caller or feel that something is not right then ask for details to ascertain their identity. Ask where they are phoning from, where they have got your details from and where they have obtained your telephone number. Also, ask them if there is a number you can phone them back on or if there is another representative from their company that you can contact. If you are still unsure about them then contact the company or business to check if the call is genuine. Legitimate companies won’t have a problem with you calling them back. Remember if an unknown caller contacts you to offer you money for nothing and it sounds too good to be true, it usually is! Anyone who believes they may have been victim of this type of scam or has any concerns should contact Police on 0845 600 8000. Details should also be passed on to Action Fraud – http://www.actionfraud.org.uk or http://www.actionfraud.org.uk/report_fraud.
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