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Alert message sent 08/10/2019 15:27:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland


E-MAIL-SCAM INCIDENT (AMAZON VOUCHERS)

The following ALERT has been sent out on behalf of Forth Valley Police Scotland Division

On Saturday 5th October, 2019 an elderly female was contacted via a social media site advising of a large cash win.  To claim this win the victim had to obtain AMAZON VOUCHERS and pass the relevant authorisation codes to the sender (Scammer)
As with other Voucher scams the victim was instructed to attend a local supermarket to purchase the vouchers, which she duly did, and complied with the scammer instructions and passed them the relevant codes.
It is of note that the scammers contacted the victim again for further purchases, however, thankfully local supermarket staff engaged with the victim highlighted the scam and prevented further monetary losses
 
ADVICE
Should you receive any contact in this manner (social media or e-mail) be alert to the possibility of this scam.

 No reputable company or agency would ever ask for you pay by this method or by any voucher means.

 If possible always check the validity of the person / company contacting you, never use a phone number or e-mail address provided by them.

Use a phone book or internet search to get the company address / or e-mail contact details.  If no details are readily available, ask yourself why not!!  Think Fraud!!

If you have received a message from an apparent reliable source, simply phone them to ensure it has come from them.  Remember scammer will use their skills to “hack” e-mails for the purpose of obtains contact names and addresses.

Always remember if it seems too good to be true, that’s because it is.

Remember you are always in control.  Seek advice from a friend or family member before acting on this request.

If in doubt take five and think
 

For further advice visit the following websites
www.actionfraud.police.uk or www.policescotland.uk
 
Message sent by
Willie Clark (NHWN, NWS Co - ordinator, NW Scotland)

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