SCAM CALLS

Alert message sent 19/02/2020 14:15:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary


FOR YOUR INFORMATION - please talk to your elderly family members and neighbours

We are hearing of several scam telephone calls over the Widnes area recently, in particular regarding PPI and others saying a Warrant has been issued for their arrest.

PPI

Ignore telephone calls from PPI companies promising a cheque for £ thousand of pounds in exchange for Amazon vouchers or similar.  They are telling people someone will call at their address with the cheque in exchange for Amazon vouchers.  They may give you a name to contact, telephone number and a reference number but it's all a scam.  I have personally telephoned them back just to see what they would say and they tell me I've got the wrong number when I tell them I'm calling from Cheshire Police!


HMRC or HM Revenue & Customs

Residents are receiving telephone calls telling them a Warrant has been issued for their arrest and asking them to Press 1 to speak to the Case Manager.  Again, ignore their telephone calls and if possible, block the number.


Call Minder and Call Protect

I am aware of BT Call Protect - a service that will send nuisance and unwanted calls to a junk voicemail. It helps to stop the worse offending nuisance calls, as well as providing you with the control to stop other unwanted calls. 

Contact them or your telephone provider for further advice.
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Caroline Griffiths (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU Outer PCSO)

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