Police offer advice over advertising scam following bogus call in Danesmoor

Posted on 21st November 2013

Police are offering advice around charitable publication scams following a bogus call to a nursery school in Danesmoor.

Charitable publication scams are when a business or an individual receives a phone call from a telesales agent trying to sell advertising space in a bogus publication.

The caller will often claim the leaflet is being published in connection with local charities, the emergency services, crime prevention, community projects or health initiatives.

Officers are urging residents and the local community not to fall for the scams, after St. Barnabas Nursery in Danesmoor received a call from someone trying to sell space in a crime prevention booklet on Tuesday, November 19.

No money was handed over.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Aidan Stones said: “We’ve received reports about this type of scam, and occasionally callers have claimed to be working for the police.

“Sometimes they say they have placed an order previously or that someone else at the business has already agreed to place an advertisement. They may even follow up with business invoices or threats of legal action.”

A fraud has been committed if money has been lost by the victim.

Sgt. Stones added: “Should you do receive a call like this, please don’t be fooled. Hang up and report the information to Action Fraud.

“If you think they are genuine then contact the charity or organisation they claim to be working for yourself, using a genuine telephone number, before providing any financial information or money.”

Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud reporting centre, run by the National Fraud Authority – the government agency that helps to co-ordinate the fight against fraud in the UK.

For more information on fraud visit www.actionfraud.police.uk|, or if you think you have been a victim or have information about fraud you can also call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.