Isle of Wight residents warned about social media scammers


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Fraudsters are always changing ways in which they can convince people to part with their money or sensitive information.

Impersonation is one tactic a criminal will use. Be wary of friend requests on social media that appear to be from someone you are already friends with on the platform.

Cloned accounts
These can be cloned accounts which are used by scammers to gain trust.

The scammer will then send messages asking for help, or telling you about a great way to make money.

Large amounts of money offered
One example is a scheme offering large amounts of money in return for buying hundreds of pounds of iTunes or Amazon vouchers. A member of the public on the Isle of Wight experienced this on Facebook just last week.

We know that those fraudsters who make contact in this way can be very convincing, making money out people who are often vulnerable.

Pass on warning
If you have friends or family who you think may be vulnerable to this type of fraud, please make them aware of our advice.

Handy tips
You can help protect yourself by following this advice:

  • Beware of adverts or messages for money making opportunities where they state you can earn a specific or minimum amount of money.
  • Don’t be tempted by seemingly easy offers of work or ways to make money. You might find your personal details are sold on to other scammers and you could become an easy target.
  • Never give personal or bank account details to anyone who contacts you unexpectedly.
  • Never hand over your card, money or valuables to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.
  • Don’t be pressured into acting quickly. Scammers will try and convince people to act quickly and make a decision before having time to think about it.
  • Take a moment. If you are unsure speak to a trusted friend, family member or neighbour for advice.
  • If something seems too good to be true, it probably is

What to do if you receive a suspicious message

  • If you think you have been a victim of this type of scam, report to Action Fraud online or call 0300 123 2040
  • If you have given your bank details or money to anyone you think is suspicious, contact your bank to let them know and help, also call 101 for the police to investigate
  • Report any messages or adverts for fraudulent business or money making schemes to the social media platform.
  • If you are concerned about an unsolicited phone call from someone that you do not know, who asks you to hand over money please report this to Action Fraud and the police, either online or by calling 101
  • If you would prefer not to speak to police, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the Website. Crimestoppers is an independent charity.

We also encourage people to visit the Take Five to Stop Fraud website for more details on protecting yourself from fraud, particularly in the current economic climate.

News shared by Hampshire Constabulary, in their own words. Ed

Image: Chris Spiegl under CC BY 2.0

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