Warning against festive scammers

Avoid being the victim of a scam
Avoid being the victim of a scam

St Helens residents are being warned to be extra vigilant this Christmas as scam and nuisance callers ramp up their activity in the hope of cashing in.

With many of us choosing to spend time at home over the holidays we are more susceptible to take these calls and could lose out.

CPR Call Blocker, who produce the world’s biggest selling call blocking device, has conducted research into the most prolific types of nuisance and scam calls received in St Helens in order to safeguard consumers from losing money at a time of year that most of us can ill-afford to.

“These scam calls are as follows:

* Virus Hoax – being called by so-called Microsoft Windows Support who inform you of a virus on your computer and asked for your passwords to fix it;

* PPI refunds – being told you are owed money for mis-sold PPI payments and asked for an admin fee to proceed;

* Prize scam – you are told you have won a large prize and are asked to pay a processing fee or call a premium rate line to claim your prize;

* Bank account problems – someone claiming to be from the bank informs you of a problem with your account and requests security details including your PIN;

* Noise rebate – discovering a place you once worked has been condemned as being too noisy and you are entitled to a rebate and then asked to provide personal details.

While the list is not exhaustive, CPR Call Blocker hopes to make Wigan people aware that scammers are becoming more inventive and if something sounds too good to be true or out of the ordinary then it could well be a scam.

Head of brand engagement Kris Hicks said: “Instead of spreading good cheer, telephone scammers are becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to duping people into transferring money or parting with personal details.

“Although many of us simply put the phone down when we take a call we’re not sure of, it is often the most vulnerable people in society who fall victim to these scams.”