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  • Skelmersdale Police warn people to be vigilant after online and telephone scams

    Henry James

    SKELMERSDALE Police have sent out a warning to people to be vigilant after a number of incidents relating to online and telephone scams where people have lost large amounts of money.

    They have had reports of scammers who have been calling members of the public stating they work for banks and telephone or Internet providers.

    The scammers have then been stating that the customers’ banks have been hacked and they need their bank details to protect their money.

    Others have also requested that they allow them to take control of their computers or tablets, so they can protect their finances.

    Some residents have lost large amounts of money due to these scams and a spokesman for Skelmersdale Police wrote on social media: “We urge the public to be vigilant.

    “These scammers use many different avenues to try and take our hard-earned money. Targets are usually the older and more vulnerable members of our communities, so we want to offer them some support and advice.”

    Skelmersdale Police also want to make people aware of the fact that fraudsters are using the global WannaCry ransomware attack to get people linked into a clever BT-branded phishing email.

    ActionFraud, the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre, offers the following advice: “If you receive one of these email do not click on any links. Instead, go to the BT website directly and log in from there. Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of any such communication.”

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