Police issue warning after scam phone calls


Police are warning residents to be wary of unsolicited phone calls and scams.

“We have seen different examples of scams over the last few months,” said a PSNI spokesperson. “In some instances criminals will claim to be from a computer company and try to gain access to your home PC or laptop so that they can access your financial and personal details.

“In other scams criminals claim that you are entitled to money and can access it by transferring a specified amount of cash to them.

“Or some criminals will try to persuade you that they are from a government department or official organisation and that you owe money and need to pay this as soon as possible. Their efforts to entice money are imaginative and varied and the public need to be vigilant and alert at all times.

“I would urge everyone to be mindful of any unsolicited call. If it sounds too good to be true then it generally is. Never give out personal details over the phone.

“If you are unsure of a caller or feel that something is not right then ask for details to check their identity. Ask where they are phoning from, where they have got your details and where they have obtained your number. Also, ask them if there is a number you can phone them back on or if there is another representative from their company that you can contact.