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Knife crime security scam

2nd September 2010

Residents are being warned about a new telephone scam where they are urged to buy a home security system to protect themselves from knife crime.

The telephone scammer asks residents if they have heard anything about the recent spate of stabbings in the area and urges them to protect themselves by investing in new security measures.

Scammers claim to be from the council

The scam came to light after a resident raised the alarm to Basildon Council, who the telephone salesman claimed to be representing. Basildon Council has confirmed that these calls are not from the council. The council is also advising Basildon residents that they can verify the details of any callers or visitors claiming to represent Basildon Council by calling 01268 533 333.

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.

Read more about the knife crime security scam on Basildon Council’s 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:
Bogus tradesmen fraud
Telecommunications frauds
Fraudsters pose as police in cold calling scam