Police Patch – 19 September 2017

We were approached this week by a person who had been taken in by a scam that has done the rounds in the past and is obviously going around again.  It relies on you purchasing some vouchers and providing the validation codes of those vouchers to a third party and you in turn make a large profit.
Sadly not the case, your money is gone never to be seen again. What always causes people to fall for or be sucked in by these scams is the lure of dollars and lots of them. Don’t be blinded by the dollar signs, think about what you are being asked to do or information you are being asked to provided. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
A lot of these scams are based off shore and once your money is gone there is little the Police can do to retrieve it. For some there are expensive lessons learnt.
So stop and think is this legit, if something goes wrong how will I get my money back from a voice down the phone line. If in doubt don’t commit to anything.
We have impounded a number of cars lately from people who shouldn’t be driving because they are either disqualified or suspended from driving. We take the car for a month, they go to Court and to recover the car they have to pay for the month’s storage.
If you’re an employer, parent or friend who is lending or providing a car to someone else to use, you should be asking does this person have a licence and are they allowed to be driving.  If you’re unsure don’t let them use the car, a month without your car would be a huge inconvenience, not to mention if they damaged the car without a driver’s license, I imagine your insurance company wouldn’t be too happy about paying up.
Cheers Woody

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