Tayside Police is asking people to be extremely cautious about providing personal and financial details following a variety of scams that target people via telephone, e-mail and by text messaging.
Police are currently investigating the report of a fraudulent website advertising a variety of pets for sale, which requests an initial payment to be made via Western Union to an address in Cameroon. Contact is made via text messaging and email and the fraudsters insist customers must pay further sums of money to cover expenses such as insurance, travel costs, flight tickets and so on. Those who engage in this scam do not receive the animals they have paid for and victims can find themselves hundreds of pounds out of pocket.
Tayside Police ask that those looking to buy pets online to verify the authenticity of the sellers and insist on being allowed to see the animals prior to parting with any money. If you have any concerns about suspected fraudulent scams, please do not hesitate to contact police.
Householders and businesses have also reported receiving unsolicited calls from people who claim to be from well-known, reputable companies, or financial institutions. Details that have been requested can include cardholder’s name, card numbers, passwords and card expiry dates.
Other scams have requested their victims to send cash in advance, whether by voucher, cheque of cash transfer in exchange for greater riches. Do not fall for their false promises.
Above all else if you have concerns or suspicions hang up and contact the police on 0300 111 2222.
Action Fraud provides a great deal of advice in relation to all types of fraud and advice about how to avoid becoming a victim of the fraudster.
For further information see – www.actionfraud.org.uk