Community event on avoiding scams ‘was well received’

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A community crime prevention event in Ponteland to help inform people about avoiding bank scams has been hailed a success.

A steady stream of residents and visitors went along to the Barclays branch in Main Street last Friday to speak to Northumbria Police officers.

PC Keith Roberts discusses banking crime prevention with a visitor to the event at the Ponteland branch of Barclays.

PC Keith Roberts discusses banking crime prevention with a visitor to the event at the Ponteland branch of Barclays.

The event was hosted by the force’s Crime Prevention Team and a local neighbourhood officer, who were on hand to answer queries and give advice.

They discussed how to avoid banking scams, computer software service fraud, identity theft and phishing emails.

Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates said: “Over recent weeks, we’ve had a particular problem in this area of residents being rung up by people claiming to be police officers from The Met and asking them to transfer funds.

“We’ve been reminding people that a police officer would never ask you to do this.

“We’ve been issuing advice to people via social and regular media and via letters and emails, but we know people also like to talk to officers face-to-face – so we arranged this drop-in session as well, which has been well received.”

For further information to prevent being caught by scammers, visit www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/crime_prevention/frauds_and_scams