Scams – Postal, E-mail and Telephone
4th September 2009
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 This is a message to all Watch Scheme members and Key Individuals living and working in Harborough District.

Every week we receive information about various scams which have been received by local people either by post, by email or over the phone. Many of these scams take the form of "if you contact us (and give us some money or your bank details) we will make you rich" –

they will often refer to wins on foreign lotteries, bogus inheritances from long lost relatives or opportunities to share in great wealth that is tied up in overseas accounts.

Invariably they will require you to send some bank details or even some money up front in return for their services. Some of them will ask you to phone a premium rate number which can cost you a lot of money for each call that is made.

Harborough Police would offer the following advice:-

Remember – you have to have bought a lottery ticket before you can win it!

Never phone premium rate phone numbers in response to unsolicited mail, email or phone calls.

Always remember – if something seems too good to be true – then it isn’t true!

Never give any bank account details (especially your PIN numbers) to anyone – genuine banks will never ask you for these details by post, by email or over the phone.

Delete any suspicious emails immediately as they may contain viruses or Spyware which could harm your computer and could give criminals access to your personal data.

For further crime prevention advice, you can contact your Neighbourhood Policing Team by phoning 0116 222 2222. Alternatively you can email your local officers by visiting the Force website at


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