Businesses in Cheshire have been warned about a telephone scam that begins with someone phoning up claiming to be a local police officer.
The Chester Chronicle reported on the tactic, whereby the caller begins by asking for a company director, and then enquiring about instances of antisocial behaviour in the area. Once the caller has developed a rapport with the person on the other end of the phone, they then ask whether the business will continue to support a local police publication with a small donation.
They also suggest that the business has paid a donation for this publication in the past. A second person will then call back ten minutes later to take the payment.
CPR Call Blocker is trying to raise awareness of the scam, and wants businesses to be on their guard.
Kris Hicks from the company told the newspaper that because many local businesses support charitable causes, it’s easy for them to believe the story they’re told.
“We would advise businesses in Cheshire to be vigilant against these types of calls and suggest they never make a donation over the phone to an unsolicited caller without verifying the caller,” he stated.
Earlier this month, Action Fraud stressed that businesses in the UK need to be aware of PBX dial-through fraud, which can cost them significant amounts of money.
This involves a hacker gaining access to a company’s PBX telephone system, where they then make calls to premium rate and international numbers. Often the hacker will receive a share of the revenue generated from the calls.
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