SCAMS - Doorstep, Telephone, Internet and Mail
Solihull Council, in conjunction with WMP, WM Fire Service and Age UK has produced a leaftlet on 'SCAMS' circulated to Solihull residents.
Through Branch Committee member, Councillor Joe Tildesley, permission has been granted to publish the contents on our website.
Do read on - and do pass on the information to relatives and friends.
Most people who call at your home will be genuine. Bogus callers are people who use various stories to get into your house. They may pose as Council, gas, water or electricity staff or even Policemen. They may say they have an emergency.
Five Tips for doorstep safety
1. Lock all outer doors before going to the front door. Some burglars work together – one keeps you talking at the front door whilst another gets through a back door.
2. Stop – look through a window or spy-hole before opening the door – are you expecting someone? Do you know them?
3. Check – Ask who they are, what they want and to prove their identity. Always check identity cards/badges carefully.
4. Display a ‘No Cold Calling’ sticker in your door.
5. If the caller refuses to leave when asked, call the Police on 101 or if you feel threatened, call 999.
Report to Trading Standards on 0345 404 0506
IF IN DOUBT, KEEP THEM OUT
Scammers often use the telephone as a method to gain personal details and con people out of their life savings.
Avoid being one of them, protect yourself.
Five Tips for telephone safety
1. Never give out personal or bank details over the telephone.
2. Don’t feel pressured to making a decision over the telephone.
3. Banks, Building Societies or the police will NEVER ring you asking for personal details such as your bank card PIN OR offer to collect your cards from your home.
4. Don’t open texts or answer calls from un-recognisable numbers.
5. Consider a call blocking device to filter out unwanted calls.
FRAUD IS A CRIME THAT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE.
REPORT TO THE POLICE ON 101
The internet gives easy access to criminals to scam customers out of money.
Be online savvy and protect yourself.
Five Tips for internet safety
1. Be wary of emails from unknown sources asking you for personal details.
2. Set up a junk mail filter to stop unwanted emails entering your account.
3. Always go to the bank’s official website to get information, don’t follow links within emails.
4. Make sure your payments online are secure, look for the padlock symbol in the address bar.
5. Say no to anyone offering to put money in your account, this could be illegal.
SCAMS COME IN A VARIETY OF METHODS.
KEEP YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION PRIVATE
REPORT TO THE POLICE ON 101
Everyday thousands of people become a victim of mail scams. Don’t believe the false promises and protect yourself.
Five Tips for mail safety
1. Never send money to a company in order to claim a prize or winnings.
2. Watch out for letters with too good to be true offers, it’s probably a scam.
3. Don’t disclose personal information to people or companies you do not know.
4. If you get a lot of mail get a trusted friend or family member to help you sort through it.
5. If you think the letter is scam report it and shred it.
NO GENUINE LOTTERY OR COMPETITION WOULD ASK YOU TO BUY GOODS OR SEND MONEY TO CLAIM A PRIZE
If you are not sure, get advice and always report a scam.
To report, call the Police on 101