Don’t fall vic­tim to so­phis­ti­cated scams

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

RES­I­DENTS are urged to be on high alert for con­men af­ter some­one was scammed out of £30,000.

So­phis­ti­cated scam­mers have been per­suad­ing peo­ple to re­veal pass­words and ac­count de­tails by im­per­son­at­ing bank staff and com­puter com­pa­nies.

And a coun­cil re­port has re­vealed that a vic­tim in Mac­cles­fied was conned out of £30,000 af­ter be­ing taken in by per­sua­sive con­men.

Cheshire East Coun­cil also has a list of more than 500 po­ten­tial vic­tims who had pro­vided their de­tails through sur­veys, online forms and cat­a­logue or­ders and were at risk of be­ing tar­geted.

The coun­cil has joined forced with the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau (CAB) and the Na­tional Trad­ing Stan­dards Scams Team as part of Scams Aware­ness Month and is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to wise up and re­port any con­cerns.

Coun­cil­lor Les Gil­bert, Cheshire East Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber in charge of com­mu­ni­ties, said: “Scams and the con artists who prac­tice them are de­spi­ca­ble.

“It is of­ten older peo­ple, the frail and vul­ner­a­ble who are most at risk from this ab­hor­rent crim­i­nal prac­tice, which ap­pears to have grown in scale and be­come more so­phis­ti­cated in the wake of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, tele­phone bank­ing and re­mote selling.

“But the more tra­di­tional door-to-door con­men – and women – are still out there, con­ning peo­ple into pay­ing huge amounts of money for shoddy drive­way and prop­erty re­pairs.

“I would urge all Cheshire East res­i­dents to as­sist us in try­ing to stamp out this cyn­i­cal prac­tice al­to­gether.”

Peo­ple are warned be cau­tious if asked to dis­cuss their bank de­tails or pen­sion ar­range­ments, or in any online sit­u­a­tion where they may be asked to re­veal per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, such as online shop­ping or a job ad­vert. For more in­for­ma­tion or to re­port an in­ci­dent call Ac­tion Fraud hot­line on 0300 123 2040, Cit­i­zens Ad­vice on 03454 040506 or go to ad­viceguide.org.uk.

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