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Fraud Advice

Alert message sent 31/03/2019 08:53:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police


Dear Citizen

Although fraud and cybercrime comes in many forms, there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself.

1. Do not give any personal information (name, address, bank details, email, or phone number) to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.

2. Make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software and a firewall installed. 

3. Many frauds start with a phishing email. Remember that banks and financial institutions will not send you an email asking you to click on a link and confirm your bank details. 

4. You should regularly get a copy of your credit file and check it for entries you don’t recognise.

5. Destroy and preferably shred receipts with your card details on and post with your name and address on.

6. If you receive bills, invoices or receipts for things that you haven’t bought, or financial institutions you don’t normally deal with or contact you about outstanding debts, take action. 

7. Be extremely wary of post, phone calls or emails offering you business deals out of the blue.

8. If you have been a victim of fraud, be aware of fraud recovery fraud. This is when fraudsters pretend to be a lawyer or a law enforcement officer and tell you they can help you recover the money you have already lost.

***If you have already been a victim of Fraud you can report this with the UK's national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, ACTION FRAUD; 
www.actionfraud.police.uk (online)


If fraud or cyber fraud is happening now:

If the person you think has committed fraud against you is still present, or if you feel particularly vulnerable because of your age, disability or any other personal circumstances please contact us by using our Live Chat facility, which can be accessed via West Midlands Police website, you can see our chat opening hours here. If Live Chat is unavailable call us on 101.

If you think that there is immediate threat to life, please call us on 999.

For more information or advice visit our website; 
www.west-midlands.police.uk (online) and you can also visit the National Crime Agency; www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk (online)

Kind regards,


PC 0200 Cunnion
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John Cunnion (Police, PC, Washwood Heath)

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