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SCAM Warning: Online Socialising and Games
It is understandable that residents are turning to the internet to socialise during the current restrictions in place due to Coronavirus. Halton Trading Standards are concerned that games on social media such as Facebook are been used to extract personal data from residents. Games and dating websites etc, which allow you to get to know someone better by you answering questions, may have a more sinister side. Questions such as:
What was the make of your first car?
What is your pet’s name?
What was your favourite teacher’s name?
The answers to these questions are often the same answers you provide to access your online bank and government websites.
Be careful what information you give out online.
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

PCSO 21122 Maggie Sumner
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Margaret Sumner (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU)

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