WARNING: Test Valley phone scam

WARNING: Test Valley phone scam

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:05am 12th February 2019.

The Borough Council is warning of fraudsters claiming to be them and trying to scam local residents.

Test Valley Borough Council is asking locals to not hand over any personal information to any incoming calls.

The local authority has  provided this advice through the Take Five To Stop Fraud website.

  • Requests to move money: A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
  • Clicking on links/files: Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
  • Personal information: Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

WATCH: TAKE FIVE TO PROTECT AGAINST FRAUD

SCAM PREVENTION

Last week it was announced that £1.4 million has been saved thanks to The Banking Protocol which is a scheme between Hampshire Constabulary and local banks.

The initiative, which the county's police force has been part of since 2017, sees officers train bank branch staff to spot the signs of a scam and what steps need to be taken when a customer is deemed at risk.

If you think you are a victim of fraud call 101 for advice or report direct to Action Fraud.

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