Warning over scam letters sent to home in Buxton

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Scammers sent a letter to a Buxton resident claiming they had won money.

The letter asked the winner to call a number to arrange to pay a fee before money is paid out.

To avoid being victim to such scams Derbyshire police produced a guide to the most common scams and how to avoid becoming a victim of them. The guide, created in conjunction with Metropolitan Police Service, is available to download from the force website derbyshire.police.uk

It contains information and advice on identity fraud, postal scams, investment fraud, door-step scammers and fraud involving mobile phones and the internet.

The guide also offers tips on how to avoid becoming a victim, including;

. Only give out your personal details when necessary and when you trust the person you’re talking to

. Use a shredder to destroy personal information

. Don’t send money or pay fees to claim prizes or lottery winnings

. Always ask to see the identification of anyone who comes to your door. Before giving them any money, take the time to find out about their business and their offer

. Be wary of emails claiming to be from banks. Legitimate financial institutions will never ask you to click on a link in an email to access your account and will never ask you for your PIN.

If you have been the victim of a scan, call Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre, on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk