Detective chief inspector Chris Beechey, chairman of the Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum, said people should be particularly careful when ‘urgency’ is introduced to calls to pressure them into taking action. He said that fraudulent calls were ‘doing the rounds at the moment’, with con artists trying to trick people into giving away personal details.
‘Similar to other scams, the fraudsters are posing as representatives from large reputable global companies to try to obtain banking or subscription details,’ he said.
‘Currently we are receiving reports from Islanders about calls from fraudsters claiming to be from Amazon, Google, HMRC or internet service providers.
‘As these types of scams are constantly changing and becoming more sophisticated to catch us out, we want to remind Islanders to be vigilant, especially when fraudsters try to introduce urgency to the calls.
‘An example of this is asking you to ring another number, to try to get you to think that you are then talking to an official person.’
He added that Islanders should remember that legitimate companies would not ask for someone’s subscription or banking details.
‘We advise not to follow instructions like “press one” or phone a different number scammers provide,’ he said.
‘If people get a call from a number they don’t recognise, they can look it up online to check if anyone has reported it as fraudulent, but the safest advice is always to call the company back on a trusted number.
‘If you think you have been targeted, please either contact the States police or your telephone provider.’
More information is available on the Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum’s website at fraudprevention.je. It also has a special email address for scam reports, which is email@example.com.
The police can be telephoned on 612612.
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