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Residents and businesses target of ‘police magazine’ scam

Scam alert
Police are warning of a scam reportedly being perpetrated against local businesses and residents.
Officers have  received information suggesting a number of people have reported being contacted by a person attempting to sell them  advertising space in a ‘police’ or ‘crime prevention’ magazine.
Michelle Wilson, Crime Prevention Officer for Craigavon, said: “This is a scam. This magazine does not exist and is in no way associated with or endorsed by the PSNI or other police service. The ‘police magazine’ angle is used as a ploy to gain a degree of credibility and make people drop their guard.
“In one reported incident a local photography business said they might be  interested when they were contacted over the phone about advertising space in a  Police Federation magazine. They were called back and asked for bank details and  told they were bound by a verbal contract. The business owner ended the call and  refused to give his details.
Our advice is that you should never disclose financial details or make commitments to pay by credit or debit  card to cold callers no matter who they claim to represent. Reputable organisations will give you the chance to think about your response.
“Do not let anyone pressure you into making a commitment. Take your time in coming to a decision. After all, it’s your money, so think carefully about whether or  not you want the advertising exposure that is offered, and also check to see how many editions are printed and where they will be circulated.
Anyone who  has been approached in this way or who is concerned should contact local police on the 101 non-emergency  number.”

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