Residents receiving unsolicited or unexpected phone calls are warned to be on their guard as they may be a scam.

Scams can come in many forms and telephone scams are another way that fraudsters con people out of their hard earned money. The calls can sound convincing and professional, often claiming to represent your bank or the police, or a business that you know. It™s likely they will pressure you to divulge personal information including your bank details, bank card PIN or your address. They may pressure you to act quickly because they want to trick you into believing your bank account is at risk or you are missing a golden opportunity.

Elaine Matthews from Cambridgeshire County Council™s Supporting Businesses and Communities Service said œNever give out your bank details to anyone over the phone and never give any bank cards, cash or valuables to anyone at your door, even if they say they are from your bank or the police. Every year many people fall victim to fraudsters intent on stealing their personal and financial information and conning them out of their cash.  So many people suffer scams in silence “ just 5 % are reported and during Scam Awareness Month we really want to encourage these people to get the help they need.

As well as being on their guard, there are some steps residents can take to protect themselves like registering with the telephone preference society and using a product to block telephone calls. For further advice contact the Citizens Advice Consumer service  on 08454 04 05 06.

Scams and suspected scams can be reported to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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