ANOTHER CON MAKING YOU DIVERT YOUR MONEY

If you have recently had work done on your property, it is worthwhile checking this out, as it may affect you, fraudulently using the name of the builders you used, asking you to send payment via bank transfer to a bunch of thieves. Remember – never pay anything by bank transfer if you can avoid it, and if anyone insists you do, then start to ask a lot of questions.

Remember our motto:

NEVER BE THE VICTIM!

The Action Fraud Alert Service have released the following warning:

Payment Diversion Alert

Alert message sent 11/04/2016 15:35:00
Information sent on behalf of  Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)
Fraudsters are targeting members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters, via email, will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer and once payment is made the victims of the fraud soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect Yourself:

  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer some protection and avenue for recompense.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at:  http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone on: 0300 123 2040.

Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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About Mr. Bloggy

I am a disabled volunteer community blogger. My real name is Mark Mapstone, I am an ex Royal Marine and was a consultant to the commercial mailing and distribution industry. Why not visit some of my other blogsites?

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