The Gamlingay Community Safety Group continues on-line, supporting the local community through our social media Facebook page.  We monitor for details of the latest scams and other criminal activity in and around our area which we publish on a regular basis providing tips and advice on keeping safe and how to avoid becoming a victim.

Scams are frequently reported and there is no limit to the resourcefulness of the scammers. They produce convincing documents to text, e-mail and mail to potential targets – you and me. These are very convincing but often careful examination reveals errors that can identify them as fake.

E-mail scam ‘sender address’ is one of the first things to look for .com or .co.uk  or a foreign country dot** should prompt you to look further for things like spelling mistakes and bad grammar. If you get an email from an organisation that YOU haven’t made contact with then beware.   Do become more familiar with your known legitimate e-mails as this will make it easier to spot the discrepancies in the fake ones. Phone the company using a known or verifiable, trusted number, PROBABLY NOT THE NUMBER IN THE E=MAIL.

Texts can be a bit more difficult to spot fakes.  If you get a Text or email from an organisation that YOU haven’t made contact with then beware.  If you’re asked to follow a link don’t.  Google the company and use the contact information in their website.  HMRC, DWP, etc. will not ask for information, such as personal details, in a text or email.   If you do receive a text demanding payment phone the demander on a trusted telephone number and ask if they have sent a text.  If they have not sent a text, delete immediately.

Letters with cleverly faked headed note paper can be particularly convincing.  As with e-mails check the sender’s address.  Does it look right?  If it is a demand for money or personal details does it relate to previous or existing business you have with them?  If you aren’t expecting this, phone them using a known or verifiable, trusted number, NOT THE NUMBER THEY HAVE GIVEN.

NEVER respond to demands for personal information, payment or bank details.  Banks and other bona fide organisations will never ask for pin numbers or security codes in text or e-mail.  Response to any demand/request in a letter should always be to a known, trusted address.

Never draw cash from your bank to pay someone unknown to you.

Take a look at this for more information and advice:

The Little Book of Big Scams – Third Edition (cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk)

It’s a pretty scary world out there and we and other organisations are ready to help you.  We can give advice if you are unsure and we don’t even need to know who you are and we won’t ask for money. Contact us by messenger from our Facebook page or e-mail (Address on our Facebook page.)

With lockdown there have been no local functions for us to attend with our stall and we are looking forward to being able to resume and meet-up with you, giving advice, listening to your experiences and selling security items.

Gamlingay Community Safety Group  can be contacted via their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/Gamlingay-Community-Safety-Group-2178961595503169/