scammers - phone fraudsters in cheshire

Detectives in Cheshire have warned the public following reports of phone calls purporting to be from the police demanding money and gift cards from residents.

The scam calls use a spoofed phone number associated with Cheshire Constabulary.

Fraudsters are then telling victims they are a police officer with Cheshire Police and that they must hand over thousands of pounds to ‘clear their name’ for potential arrest and charges.

In some cases, scammers have even asked for gift cards to be purchased.

Detective Sergeant Chris Jacques, of the Economic Crime Unit, said: “Phone numbers can easily be manipulated and this is how the scammers can often catch us off guard.

“Fraudsters will come across as extremely convincing and will try their luck in targeting anyone just so they can benefit.

“No police force would call you and ask for money or gift cards in order to ‘clear your name’.

“If you do receive a phone call such as this, please do not be alarmed.

“Do not provide them with any information, hang up the phone and report it immediately to Cheshire Police via 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane said: “There are a lot of scams out there for various things and it is hard to know who or what to believe.

“These scammers will stop at nothing when trying to take money from the innocent and hard-working residents of Cheshire.

“Please follow the advice and ensure that your elderly and vulnerable relatives or neighbours are aware of this scam so they do not fall foul.”

Key advice:

Always take a moment to think before parting with information or money when receiving messages as this as only criminals will rush or panic you
Organisations such as the police will never use phone calls to tell you about penalty or ever ask for payment
Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display.
If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.

If you think you have fallen for a scam report it to Cheshire Constabulary on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk

2 Comments

  1. Jonathan says:

    This guy is brilliant at exposing the scammers: https://youtube.com/c/KitbogaShow

  2. Carl says:

    To anybody who ever gets a scam call, here’s how to actually make them stop calling you.

    There’s an entire internet movement called scambaiting where people deliberately call scammers, waste their time and hurl insults at them. This has become such a big problem for scammers that they now keep blacklists of numbers of people who have been involved in scambaiting.

    All you have to is waste as much of their time as you can then when they get suspicious hurl some insults at them and tell them you know they’re scammers. They’ll instantly disconnect the call and add your number to their blacklist.

    I used to get at least a few calls a week, from “Amazon”, “BT”, “Paypal” etc. I now can’t remember the last time I got a call.

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