Computer Scam Warning

Police are warning people to be vigilant of a computer scam.

The warning comes after a Cheadle resident received a telephone call from a man purporting to be from Microsoft Windows, claiming he needed to instruct the resident to do something on the computer.

Luckily the resident refused and the caller failed in his bid to try to obtain personal data from the computer.

If you receive such a call, please DO NOT follow the instructions given, but end the call immediately and contact the police on 101. Please help us to make everyone aware of this scam, particularly the elderly who may be particularly vulnerable.

SCAM ALERT: Be on your guard against courier fraud

We’re issuing a warning to residents after several incidents in the past few days where bogus phone calls have been made to residents in the south of the county.

Between Wednesday 9 December and Friday 11 December we have received reports of seven incidents in the Cannock, Walsall, Norton Canes and Burntwood areas but offenders could strike anywhere.

The victims targeted are elderly. Please advise your neighbours, friends and relatives so they don’t fall victim to this scam.

The suspect, a male with a foreign accent, contacts the victim by phone claiming to be from the Met Police or New Scotland yard. They state that the victim’s bank or credit card has been cloned and recovered after arrests have been made.

They ask the victim to withdraw a large sum of cash from their account as it is counterfeit and advise they will send a courier to collect it as a matter of urgency.

Officers are urging people to be on their guard and report any such calls to police immediately, by ringing 101 or 999 in an emergency.

SCAM WARNING: Don’t buy from the back of vans!

We’re urging the public to be vigilant after a number of faulty goods were seized in Cannock.

Officers came to search the vehicle in relation to an unrelated matter on Tuesday 24 November while it was parked on the Beach Hut car park at the rear of Toby Carvery in Cannock.

They discovered 15 wrapped television sets which appeared to be new but upon further investigation were found to be old broken units.

It’s is suspected that these televisions were intended for sale from the rear of the van to unsuspecting members of the public.

Inquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible for the vehicle and its contents.

During this type of scam the seller will show the victim new fully working television set and sell the item at a dramatically reduced price. Once the sale is agreed the seller will present the purchaser with a pre-wrapped television. Only when the purchaser unwraps their new television they find an old broken worthless set, not the item shown to them.

If you’re offered any item for sale under suspicious circumstances please decline and report it to police.

Advice: Don’t fall victim to telephone scams

We are reminding people not to fall victim to scams following several recent incidents across Staffordshire.

A current scam in operation is offenders with a Pakistani, Indian or broken English accent calling vulnerable people, claiming to be from the bank or government, stating the victim is owed a large sum of money.

Victims are told that in order to receive this money in a form of a cheque they are required to pay an upfront fee.

THIS IS A SCAM!! THERE IS NO MONEY!!

Please do not disclose any personal details and end the call immediately.

Do not make any payments upfront on such promises. If anyone has received such calls please report the incident to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk

Remember your bank, building society or the police will never:

• Ask for your 4-digit card PIN or your online banking password
• Ask you to withdraw money from your account and hand it over to them
• Ask you to transfer money to a new account for fraud reasons
• Send someone to your home to collect cash, your PIN, payment card or cheque book
• Ask you to purchase goods using your card and then hand them over for safe-keeping
• Ask you to check the number showing on your telephone display matches their registered telephone number. The display number cannot be trusted, as the number showing can be altered by the caller.

If you are given any of these instructions, it is a fraudulent approach. Remember you don’t have to get into discussion with anyone over the phone. Just say ‘no thank you’ and hang up straight away.

Wait at least five minutes to clear the line then call your bank or card issuer on their official advertised number to report the fraud. Where possible use a different phone line.

Remember to keep your personal details secure and visit

www.actionfraud.police.uk or www.getsafeonline.org