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Scam Alert

Hello resident,

                       please see below recent scams that we have been made aware of;

Increasing scam trends

Action Fraud have issued an alert regarding fake Norton emails (and MacAfee) , after receiving 110 reports in a week. The emails state that the recipient’s anti-virus software has expired or is set to renew and are urged to contact the ‘support’ team to cancel. The email contains a scam telephone number or links to a website designed to steal personal and financial information. 


Vinted a marketplace app is rising in popularity with more users signing up to the platform to buy and sell their unwanted items and make some money. The most common scams carried out through Vinted appear to be where the payment is requested to be made outside of Vinted, for example, through PayPal, Cash App or by bank transfer. The payment is received, but the items are never sent. Recently, it was reported that a buyer purchasing an item through Vinted was informed by the seller that they only take payments through PayPal as their accounts are linked to Russian banks. Once payment was made the item was never sent. sent


Invoice scams which target small and medium-sized businesses now make up 55 per cent of all money lost to fraud. This method also impacts on individuals, schools and charities etc - a school in Runcorn lost nearly £20k via this MO last week




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Paul Mines
(Cheshire Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU)

Neighbourhood Alert Cyber Essentials