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Mystery shopper scam targets locals

Created on 22/09/2010 @ 10:23
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Dyfed-Powys Police is warning people not to fall victim to a mystery shopper scam, which is currently targeting people from the Welshpool area.
The force has had complaints from several local people who have contacted an advertisement, which appeared in national and local newspapers.
Unfortunately, a number of people have responded to the ad, which asks people to take part in a mystery shopping task at a restaurant or bank to rate the service. At the bank participants then bank a cheque that’s been sent to them in the post and are advised to keep a portion of the money, with the rest taken by the company via your bank details.
Chief Inspector Martin Tavener said: “We are urging members of the community in Powys to be vigilant following this scam. Please stop and think carefully before sending any money or giving your personal details in these type of circumstances – and remember, if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind people not to disclose any personal bank details over the phone and to remember to shred any documents containing confidential information.”

If you have information regarding this type of criminal activity, call Dyfed-Powys Police on the 101.

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