Warning over phone scam

Police in G District are advising business people to be wary of unsolicited phone calls asking them to advertise in magazines they are not familiar with.

The advice follows a report that a person in Magherafelt was asked to buy an advert in ‘a police magazine’.

Crime Prevention Officer Gillian Dixon said: “This scam has been used by fraudsters throughout the UK, and the ‘police magazine’ angle is used as a ploy to gain a degree of credibility.

“Genuine magazines, including those that cater for the interests of police officers, will not hesitate to tell you who they are and where they can be contacted.

“Our advice is that you should never disclose financial details or make commitments to pay by credit card to cold callers. Reputable organisations will give you the chance to think about your response. Do not let anyone pressurise you into making a commitment. Take your time in coming to a decision. After all, it’s your money, so think carefully about whether or not you want the advertising exposure that is offered.”

Anyone who has been approached in a similar fashion, or who needs advice on any aspect of crime prevention, can contact your local crime prevention officer on 0845 600 8000.