The Police show us recent scams and how to be Scam-Aware
This is a communication from our local Police. The QR code sheet lets you get lots of information to your phone and contains a wide range of information in respect of fraud, scams and personal safety. To access any of these documents just scan the QR code with your phone, or alternatively they can be viewed on the Police Scotland website.
Here are the QR codes QR code sheet – national
We would like to take the opportunity to remind our communities about a scam commonly known as ‘romance fraud’. In brief, this is when a person is be-friended online and encouraged to send money. This can be for a variety of reasons, including medical bills or to purchase a plane ticket. Often, the profiles in question are fake, this is also known as ‘catfishing’.
CrimeStoppers are currently running a campaign highlighting this scam and we have copied below a link to their website for your awareness.
We have also copied below a link which gives information about ‘sextortion’. In brief, this is a scam where a person online convinces another to send sexualised images of themselves. The victim is then threatened the images will be shared unless money is sent.
If you or a person known to you become a victim of either scam, please do not transfer money and contact us immediately. We will not judge, and you will be treated with dignity and respect.
Also, attached to this email is a document which contains a wide range of information in respect of fraud, scams and personal safety. To access any of these documents just scan the QR code with your phone, or alternatively they can be viewed on the Police Scotland website.
Lastly, we would encourage you to sign up for the weekly Trading Standards Scotland Scam Bulletin. This bulletin will keep you up to date on the latest scams and what action you can take to keep financially safe.
If you require any further general advice in respect of any part of this email, please don’t hesitate to contact us at e: EdinburghCPTSouthEast@scotland.police.uk. Although, any scams must be reported via 101, using our online reporting form, or in an emergency always dial 999.
Sergeant Grant Robertson
Sergeant Barry Mercer
South East Community Policing Team
Police Scotland / Poileas Alba
St Leonards Police Station
14 St Leonards Hill
Team Email / Post-d na Sgioba: EdinburghCPTSouthEast@scotland.police.uk
Website / Làrach-lìn: www.scotland.police.uk
Twitter: @policescotland / @EdinPolSe