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Older Britons issued warning on dangerous telephone scam – ‘don’t be afraid to hang up!’

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Several individuals have reported receiving a call from out of the blue, which has vicious intentions. The caller claims to be from a community alarm company, checking in on the individual with an update.

They then inform people their existing alarm company has gone bust, and they are calling from the company who has taken over the contract.

The scammer, convincing a person of their legitimacy, then goes on to ask for payment to be made for services.

Some individuals have been told that if they do not pay, they risk having their alarm disconnected.

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This is understandably worrying for many older and vulnerable people who rely upon a community alarm for their safety.

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Firstly, individuals should never rush into anything, as if an offer sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

Britons should also be wise to cold call scams, and ignore unsolicited invitations such as letters, emails or phone calls.

Conducting research on a company is also a sensible move to check they are reputable.

This can be done by looking for a contact number, postal address or membership of a trade association.

Finally, individuals should never feel embarrassed or ashamed of reporting a scam if it happens to them.

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With the issue sadly ride, Britons can reach out to Action Fraud to get assistance.

It may also be worth contacting one’s bank directly using the number on the back of their card to stop any potential funds being transferred out. 

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