Police, building society and MP unite to warn against con artists - The Rugby Observer

Police, building society and MP unite to warn against con artists

Andy Morris 2nd Feb, 2018   0

RUGBY’S MP, Warwickshire Police, members of Citizens Advice Bureau and staff at the town’s branch of Coventry Building Society joined forces to help Rugbeians steer clear of con-artists.

They were highlighting the risk of online fraud and other scams to customers at the building society as part of Take Five to Stop Fraud Week – which brings together banks and building societies, law enforcement, the Government and MPs to give advice to the public.

Mr Pawsey said the issue was raised with him by a local businesswoman who was left over £12,500 out-of-pocket by online scammers.

Last month The Observer reported how Anne Gleed, who runs an interior design business in Easenhall, lost out to fraudsters when they hacked her email account and posed as Mercedes Benz, from whom she was in the process of buying a company van.

Mr Pawsey said: “Mrs Gleed fell victim to an Authorised Push Payment scam, in which a fraudster impersonates a business to provide false payment details for a transaction.

“That is why the Take Five to Stop Fraud Week stresses the importance of always confirming payment details before sending large amounts of money, and never to trust an email advising a change of payment details.

“Criminals are now very sophisticated, so it is more important than ever people are aware of the advice from Take Five on how to protect themselves from becoming a victim.”

Advice includes not giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details, never automatically clicking on a link in an unexpected email or text, and checking uninvited approaches by contacting the company directly using a known email or phone number.

Neil Lover, Head of Payments & Financial Crime and Money Laundering Reporting Officer at the Coventry Building Society said: “We used the week as a focal point for all the efforts we make to educate our members about financial fraud and to help them take the right steps to protect themselves.

Financial Fraud Action UK figures indicate there were over 1.8million incidents of financial fraud in the UK last year.

Email [email protected] or call 0207 010 0851 for more information about Take Five to Stop Fraud.


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