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Fraudsters pose as police in cold calling scam

27th August 2010

Officers are warning residents to be vigilant after several people have been called by a man claiming to be selling advertising space on behalf of police.

The man has phoned a number of businesses claiming to be a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) who is working on an anti-social behaviour campaign and selling advertising space in a good citizenship magazine.

He also claims to work for Police Community Clubs of Great Britain, which is a legitimate fundraising organisation.


This man is neither a PCSO nor does he work for Police Community Clubs of Great Britain.

The scam has been reported in Wiltshire and Cheshire. As fraudsters move and change the geographical areas they operate in, all UK residents should also be vigilant about this type of fraud. Any UK resident who has lost money to a fraud like this should report it to Action Fraud.

Wiltshire Police is reminding people that cold calling by phone is often accompanied by high pressure sales techniques and inflated prices. Often the caller is trying to sell you something you don’t want and it can be difficult to find out whether or not the caller is genuine.

Read more about the cold calling scam on the Wiltshire Police website.

Please note: Action Fraud is not responsible for the content on external websites.

To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

See also:
Charitable publication scams
Business directory fraud
Bogus tradesmen fraud