Scam Alert

Alert message sent 12/06/2021 14:44:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Good Afternoon G&T

A new scam has come to our attention. A resident received a email from her neighbour or so they thought....

"I received an email from her account explaining that she had forgotten her niece's 18th birthday and needed to send her some Amazon gift vouchers - could I purchase vouchers to the value of £300 and send her copies of the activation codes for her to pass on? She explained she was unable to get the vouchers locally, which sounded plausible. I sent the codes as requested, the only security measure being to send the codes to a different email address I had for her in my address book. I subsequently received an email from her account thanking me for the voucher codes. On Tuesday morning I received a further message from her account with a fairly lengthy and credible rationale requesting voucher codes for a further £200, which I supplied. Today I received another request for a further £200".

It was then they realised they had been scammed.

These scams are becoming more sophisticated, please be more cautious and also double check before handing any type of money or payment over.

Your Local PCSO
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Sharon Perrie (Police, Community Support Officer, Warrington LPU)
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