Scams - Payment diversion alert

posted 3 Apr 2017, 11:17 by Chris Hoare


This message is being sent on behalf of Action Fraud (the UK's national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre)

 Payment diversion alert 

 Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.


 Protect yourself


  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.

  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.

  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.

  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.

     

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040


Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 

Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.

https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.

Police Connect Team


24 Jan 17


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