Humberside Police offering common sense tips to avoid being a victim of frauds and scams
Humberside Police is asking residents across the area to be aware of the most common scams.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a national increase in the number of frauds and scams as criminals are taking advantage of people spending more time at home, on the internet and on their phones.
The force is encouraging people to speak to elderly friends or relatives, as well as anyone who is vulnerable, about the dangers and what they should do to help them protect themselves.
A spokesman said: “Fraud can have a devastating impact and long lasting implications for victims.
“These scams can be executed through very sophisticated methods and so it’s vital you’re aware of the common signs to spot the scam at the earliest opportunity.”
Common doorstep scams can come in the form of:
○ Pressure selling
○ Unfair contracts
○ Overpriced home maintenance or improvements
○ Bogus charity collections
More information on these types of scam is available at www.humberside.police.uk/doorstep-fraud
The spokesman added: “Our advice is to not answer the door to anyone you don’t know or who cannot provide valid ID.
“Also, do not buy goods from door step sellers as the quality of the goods cannot be guaranteed and there is no way to return items or request a refund should there be an issue with the goods.
“If you suspect you have been a victim of fraud, report it to your bank and call Action Fraud.
“Don’t feel embarrassed, it can happen to anyone.”
Some of the most common telephone scams are:
○ Someone pretending to call you from a bank
○ Claiming to be calling from the helpdesk of an IT firm
○ Compensation calls
○ HMRC scams
○ Scam text messaging and phishing
The spokesman said: “If you do get a scam call or text, it is important to remember the below advice:
“Don’t reveal personal details. You should never give our personal or financial information (such as your bank account details or your PIN) over the phone, even if the caller claims to be from your bank.
“Hang up. It may feel rude to hang up on someone, but you have the right not to be pressurised into anything.
“Ring the organisation. If you are ever in doubt whether a caller is genuine, you can always ring the company or bank they claim to be from. Make sure you find the number yourself and not one provided by the caller.”
More information on common scams can be found at www.humberside.police.uk/fraud