We would like to make residents aware that we have received reports of various scams taking place where a fraudster makes contact, normally via a hacked email or messaging account, purporting to be a friend or family member asking for money to be transferred with a storyline and giving bank details.
Please be wary of unusual messages asking for financial assistance, even if the message appears to be from someone you know and trust – please check it is really from them by phoning or speaking to them in person.
You can protect your online accounts by using a strong separate password, changing passwords regularly, and where available, use a two-factor authentication.
More information can be found on the Devon and Cornwall police website: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-digtal-safety/protecting-yourself-online/
If you think you have been a victim of fraud please report it to Actionfraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Please pass this information on and consider displaying in public areas such as notice boards etc
Message Sent By
Linzi Berryman (Police, DC Alert Officer, Devon & Cornwall)