Scam Alert

May 2019

Lately we have been made aware of some of our Police Legatees being caught out by scams. Please

be vigilant. Consider getting a care alert – they can be used not only to alert someone if you fall, but also if you feel threatened by someone who has come to your door posing as a tradesperson, for example.

Scammers use clever schemes to defraud many people each year, often using new technology to get people to give our their personal information or send them money. Here are some tips to help you stay ahead:

  • Look out for impostors. Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company you do business with.
  • Don’t pay upfront for something that may never appear. Scammers might promise loans, or jobs, or even prizes, if only you pay them a fee first. Don’t believe it.
  • Caller ID can be faked. If you suspect someone is not calling from the real organisation, hang up and call back on a number you know is real.
  • Don’t be rushed. Scammers try to pressure you into making snap decisions. You can always talk to a friend, search online, or even call us here at Police Legacy.
  • Hang up on robocalls.
  • Be wary of free trials. They can be harmless, but make sure you know exactly what you will be paying once the trial ends, and how easy it will be for you to cancel.

If you think you have been scammed report it to your local police, and report it on this website, which also provides information on what to do next.