Businesses targeted in police mag phone scam

Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police

First published in News

TELEPHONE scammers are targeting small and vulnerable businesses by pretending to be Thames Valley Police, it has been warned.

Crooks are posing as people selling editorial space in a magazine for former emergency services staff.

They lure businesses in by offering cheap advertising options, and give prices depending on how much space the victim wants to buy.

Antony Dixey, who has just set up a valet business in Wantage, nearly fell for the scam when they called his business mobile.

He said: “They were really pushing the space, but they said that I couldn’t change my mind. I had a sales guy call, then a designer, then the sales guy again.

“Then they sent me an email with a recording of my call trying to say I’d made a verbal agreement and couldn’t back out. Alarm bells started to ring. I spotted some police officers outside my house and went to ask them, and they said they’d never heard of any journal and it was a scam. It looked real, and I don’t want other businesses to fall for it.”

Police will never collect your bank card or ask for your PIN, and advise that people who receive scam calls take note of what is said, hang up and then call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to report it.

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9:24pm Sat 17 May 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Yes, I once had a call about advertising in a drug awareness magazine from a caller who claimed that someone at my number had expressed an interest in that. I'm the only person who uses the phone, so I knew this was a scam. If you advertise your phone number, beware of fakes, cold calls and 'surveys' which are in fact sales calls.
Yes, I once had a call about advertising in a drug awareness magazine from a caller who claimed that someone at my number had expressed an interest in that. I'm the only person who uses the phone, so I knew this was a scam. If you advertise your phone number, beware of fakes, cold calls and 'surveys' which are in fact sales calls. Milkbutnosugarplease
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