Reminder to be vigilant of fraud after Tunbridge Wells business receives suspicious call
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Business owners are advised to be vigilant following a report of a company being contacted by a person claiming to be from Kent Police.
Staff at the firm, based in Tunbridge Wells, say the caller was a man who said he was a police employee seeking sponsorship for an upcoming child protection campaign.
The call was immediately recognised as suspicious, and no money was exchanged, however the fraudster is said to have spoken in a professional and courteous tone which sounded genuine.
Kent Police will never cold call a business, or a member of the public, to request funding for a policing campaign.
Anyone who receives a similar call is encouraged to hang up immediately before reporting it to Action Fraud.
Adhering to the following advice will minimise the risks of being targeted by a fraudster:
- If you are not confident a person calling you is from the police, hang up and call 101 from a different line. A call handler will be able to confirm whether a call is genuine.
- If another phone line is not available, wait five minutes before calling 101 as fraudsters can keep a line open.
- Ensure you contact the police, or any other agency or company, using a recognised contact detail as opposed to the ones given by a cold caller. In Kent Police’s case, you can call 101 or use the live chat feature available on the Kent Police website.
- Never agree to hand over money without having an opportunity to carry out your own, independent research.
- Never send money to anyone you do not know or trust, whether in the UK or abroad, or use a method of payment you are not comfortable with.
- Never give banking or personal details to anyone you do not know or trust.
Anyone who has received a similar call is encouraged to contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or by clicking this link.
You can also make a report to Kent Police via the force’s website, or by calling 101.