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Scam Alert

Alert message sent 02/03/2020 21:24:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary


Hello Resident,
                        a couple of scams to be aware of.  Information supplied by Halton Trading Standards.
TV Licence Scam
Halton Trading are warning consumers of a scam regarding TV Licences. The email states that something has gone wrong with a payment and the TV licence will not automatically be renewed. It then goes on to state that making a payment is easy and it can be done by clicking on a link in the email.
The email has all the hallmarks of a scam and it is a scam. It uses terms like ‘OFFICIAL’ to try to justify its legitimacy. It also gives a short period for the recipient to take action (2 days), forcing them to make a quick decision. Furthermore, it offers ‘bonus points’ and a ‘reduction’ as incentives.

PayPal Email Scam
Halton Trading Standards have become aware of a PayPal scam currently circulating. An email which states it’s from PayPal, but is not from a PayPal email address asks the recipient to login into their PayPal account via a link in the email. This is apparently because the PayPal account holders account has been restricted. This is a scam, do not click on any links within emails such as this. Instead, if you need to check your account go directly to the website to log into your account.  

Many thanks
Paul
Paul Mines
PCSO 7526

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Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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