'They will use every means possible, sometimes pulling on peoples heart strings': Police warning following two fraudulent phone calls to South Cumbrian clubs (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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'They will use every means possible, sometimes pulling on peoples heart strings': Police warning following two fraudulent phone calls to South Cumbrian clubs
4:32pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
FRAUDSTERS are using 'every means possible' in attempts to make money from South Cumbrian businesses and clubs.
That is the warning from Cumbria Police following recent reports of fraudulent calls attempting to gain money from their victims.
Today (Wednesday) police received two reports of potential fraud.
Police said the complainants had both received calls from people purporting to be from Cumbria Constabulary.
One fraudster asked for a donation of £140 towards a Crime Prevention Magazine and another asked for £147 towards equipment for local sports clubs.
Once callers said that they would discuss this with their committees the fraudsters backed off, said police.
"This seems to be a regular occurrence for this time of year, said Terry Belshaw, South Cumbria Community Safety Officer.
"Fraudsters attempt to get money for a bogus service, advertising space or donations to charity. Fraudsters will attempt to do this by sometimes posing as emergency services. They will use every means possible, sometimes pulling on peoples heart strings.
"We would advise people to use common sense when handing over money, check who you are giving your money to and more importantly what you are getting for that money.
"Another piece of advice that we would offer is if you have agreed to pay for something, do not pay for anything until you have seen and are satisfied with the finished article."
Anyone who believes they have been a victim is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or alternatively report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
For more information about scams visit www.actionfraud.org.uk
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