Police warning over scam
POLICE in Antrim are warning local people to be vigilant and protect themselves against unscrupulous criminals who are constantly identifying and developing new methods to defraud innocent people.
It’s after a number of local people reported being targeted by fraudsters over recent weeks.
One such scam offers cash loans.
Police believe the con works like this - the company will telephone ‘eligible’ people and offer them a loan. The person is then asked to make an initial payment either in cash vouchers or via a system like Pay Point to secure the finance.
Many people who have gone through this process report that the companies involved continue to request further cash payments and the loan funds are never released.
Anyone who receives such a call or contact online should think twice before doing any business with them.
Always research lenders well before you engage their services and remember a reputable company will not ask you for money up front.
Officers have also received reports of people receiving messages to their computers, purporting to be from a UK police service requesting payment of a ‘fine’.
Victims have found that their screen freezes on a warning message stating that their computer has been locked as it has been used for illegal purposes and they must pay a fine or they will be subject to a criminal investigation.
These messages are fraudulent and no police never demands payments in this way. If you receive suspicious messages you are advised to report it to police.
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