SCAM: National Crime Prevention Booklet


I had a call today from a man who said :

” Hello sir I am calling on behalf of the Police”, “We are calling just to say thank you for supporting our latest campaign which I am pleased to say has been a success”

When I asked which campaign he said “The National Crime Prevention Booklet”,  So I asked him the name of his company and he said “I am calling from The Police”, I asked his name he said “PC Dawson”, when I asked where exactly was he based he said “The Editorial Department of Cheshire Metropolitan Police”

I said that sounded odd and aksed him for his phone number and he said: 0845 556 7800

I then said If I call that number would I get through to him, he said “No you will get someone else” he then put the phone down.

I rang the number out of curiosity and its a made up number and does not exist. (23 Feb 2010)

SO BEWARE – They are now even pretending to be the police.

140 thoughts on “SCAM: National Crime Prevention Booklet”

  1. Yap I got exactly the same call from Essex area. The lady was extremely rude and claimed from the Police. She rang me twice in 6 months time – she hung up on me as I started to ask her questions.

    Now I am waiting for her 3rd call :)

  2. Yep – has just happened to me. The call caught me somewhat unaware and they now have my name but thankfully no money.

    I have to hand it to them as it is easy to just agree with them and assume they have their records wrong if caught off guard as they are the police, or so I thought.

    I said call back in a couple of weeks; I’m on my guard now so thank you adscams(!)

  3. It’s just happened to me as well. Cheek..What they didn’t realise is this golf club is right next to the Scottish Police College who we happened to be on very very good terms with and they had warned me about these calls so I knew whenever she started to speak it was a load old tosh….having a budget to follow I know exactly what I spent and where when it comes to advertising. Just put the phone down on these con artists

  4. I had a similar call this morning, obviously working through either a phone book or similar info in the public domain because he knew my name. He said he was from National Crime Prevention and wanted me to answer three questions. Advised him that if he was from crime prevention he should realise that I should not answer questions posed by an unknown caller, surely this a contradiction to the purpose of this organisation… he promptly hung up. The telephone number had been withheld..there’s a surprise!

  5. The same thing happened to me today. Got a call from a guy who said he was from the London crime prevention unit asking if I want to be included in a National Crime Prevention booklet. After I hung up, I recieved 4 missed calls from an unknown number. The caller ID was withheld – what a shock. I reported him and the number he told me to contact him with initially to trading standards. The scary thing was that he sounded so convincing until I realised he wasn’t being very forthcoming with the details I requested (his credentials, authorisation, who he worked for etc.) My partner answered the ‘private call’ next time he rang and caught him out – he slammed the phone down instantly. Haven’t heard anything since.

  6. I had the same thing last week. Got a call from someone saying the were from the police and thanking for support over the last year and wanted to pass my details to another company to renew our support in a crime prevention booklet. I had seen this web page and thought would play along. They called confirming it had been passed from West Mids Police and would I support them again as my company had done previously. Yet again thought would play along and ensure the had to go to the effort of sending an invoice.It has arrived toady from Trafalgar Press Ltd. I emailed asking for details and got a vague reply about cant let you see artwork as is not done till year end. Will keep you all updated

  7. I have had a prompt resonse after I asked some questions ie what is name of publication, what do I get for my money and which charities they surpport(several apparently)They said they would cancel the invoice and pass my details back to the organisation who passed on my details. I will be doing likewise and passing on to West Mids Police.

  8. Got the call today – a scouser calling and talking very fast to thank me for my involvement in the local Handbook, and started quoting something about £199 for a quarter page – it didn’t sound right, but I couldn’t remember if i had advertised in such a publication or not – the call seemed very much like a warm up call to try and elicit my name – which i gave them incorrectly.

    It really is criminal – who do we report this to, the police?


  9. Had a call from someone today pulling this scam – claimed that I had authorised an advert earlier this year with “Teressa” for the National Crime Prevention publication.

    He talked alot about how successful the campaign had been before he stated the our advert was to go into the magazine. At this stage I “smelt a rat” and stated that I had never authorised an advert.

    We are a charity and he was trying to con me for £199 “as we all help each other out”. The other notable fact was that he had the name of our organisation slightly incorrect – something that wouldn’t have happened if he had really had authorisation for an advert.

    Fortunately we spend very little on advertising and it is improbable that I would advertise in such a publication.

  10. I have had my third big row with these people, who are complete con merchants. I explained that I would never IN A MILLION YEARS have taken an ad. in this magazine. (We have a tiny ad. budget and it is totally locally targeted.) They claim to have a record of a telephone conversation when I booked the ad. – I said, ‘if you can play it back to me, I’ll pay you’. If they call again, I am going to call the Police.

  11. hi,

    just got contacted by a police officer today! He mentioned the pubication and all i said was ” im not interested”. he said “ok ” and the phone went down.

    Just put the phone down on them because they cannot do anything!

  12. I had a call yesterday from the ‘Police’ (heavy Scouse accent). When I questioned “the Police?” He said it was nothing to worry about he just wanted to thank me for supporting the last campaign etc. I said I couldn’t remember any support. He said that I had supported it and made a difference helping the ‘kiddywinks’. He then said if I want to support them again a half page ad is £120. I then said that I definitly hadn’t supported them and I don’t advertise anyway as I get business from word of mouth. He then just hung up. I called my local police station to report it, although they hadn’t heard of the scam (I’m based in the West Midlands).

  13. Hi Rita,

    I received a call and they said exactly the same to me. Said they were from the National Crime Prevention Unit and wanted to ask me three questions.

    If I belonged to a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
    If I had a security alarm
    If I lived in a flat or a house

    I refused to answer all three on the grounds that I didn’t know who they really were. They excused themselves and put the phone down. When I dialled 1471 the number was with-held.

    I have reported them to the police and will let you know if I hear anything.

  14. Received call today – 5th July 2010 from man claiming to be from Police and looking for any help / attentance at National Crime Prevention Week – asked him when and he stuttered and I asked if he was a Police Officer and he said no, a volunteer. I then told him to send me any literature that he had and we would look at it. He had a Liverpool accent (I think). Not very convincing once questioned about stuff but be on your guard anyway.

  15. 6 August 2010 – yes they’re still at it! I had a call today from a lady called ‘Kerry’ (number witheld) saying she was from the Crime Prevention Unit (a voluntary group) asking for £149 from us to place our logo in the London copy of the new Crime Prevention Year Book. She said the profits went to Crimestoppers and Victim Support. I’ve checked this out and of course it’s untrue. Please warn your colleagues not to be taken in by this.

  16. sadly i have the same call manchester but isent them a cheque i av phonedthem its a answers phone they are called wilson haines for crime prevention and j r media cancer awareness they both sent me billheads and a copy of the advertisement so i paid them

  17. Got a call today “crime prevention” booklet for schools that he said I had agreed in June to sponsor.They are very clever and are recording the call and you could easily agree with them.Thats all they need you to do and then they send you an invoice for £400.We were caught the same way by PRACTICAL PUBLICATIONS when they caught my husband off guard.They thanked him for sponsoring their fire prevention booklet and were very friendly.He assumed Id sponsored them(Ihadn’t!)and sent us a bill for £450.I am refusing to pay.They are now threatening us with the baliffs!

  18. “The Police” just called the charity i work for. They asked whether we wanted to place an ad with them again, as we apparently did last year. I dont know how they sleep at night.

  19. I’ve had two calls in a week. I was a little confused at first as the ‘gentleman’ said he was from Crime Prevention Staffordshire and further to our conversation last week he just wanted to finalise some details with me. As I had not had a conversation with anyone from there I became suspicious and asked for his contact details. He asked me why and I said that obviously someone had fraudulently used my details or they themselves were trying to scam me. I asked for his manager and he said ‘ well I’m not going to do that I am I!’. I abruptly said to him..’well obviously its you trying to scam me then’- to my amazement he then replied ‘well, you can’t blame me for trying.. you sounded a little bit blonde on the phone! ‘ and laughed! I was just gob-smacked that he’d blatantly admitted it was a scam! Not sure what they are after whether its bank details or just to con you into advertising with them but I recieved a call from them again today , but this time it was a woman – it sounded like a call centre in the background. I tried to play along and asked her if she could just give me her number as I may be cut off and I’d like to ring her back. She immediately put the phone down on me. These scum shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this – all small businesses need every penny they have right now but these people have no conscience at all.

  20. we have been contacted by the drugs awareness campaign today and also the child protection network its now getting beyond a joke something needs to be done about this. The start of the conversation congratulates us on the supporting them last time, and now the paymant is due for the latest advert we had agreed to do with them.

  21. What I don’t get is this: you people are in a position to obtain ALL the details FROM these scammers (I’m not, since I don’t own a small business) – these scammers would OBVIOUSLY HAVE TO you their contact details, an address, even if it’s just a PO Box or a bank account for you to send your “sponsorship” money to, so why don’t you play along and obtain these details and then pass them onto the fraud desk of you local constabulary??

    I’m sure the REAL police can EASILY and fairly cheaply set up a sting operation to catch them. Yet all you do is try to pick holes in their stories and expose them as scammers on the phone! No! What use is that, apart from you feeling a bit happy and superior that you’ve “told them”.

    They are clearly laughing at you and still all the way to the bank.
    Then they just keep on doing this until someone falls for it and it never ends.

    Help catch them! It will feel much more satisfying too.

  22. Some edits to my previous comment: (btw, webmaster, your temporary edit link doesn’t allow me to edit! It says I’m not authorised)

    What I don’t get is this: you people are in a position to obtain ALL the details FROM these scammers (I’m not, because I don’t own a small business, so I was not targeted) since these scammers would OBVIOUSLY HAVE TO give you at least SOME contact details of where to send your money: an address (even if it’s just a PO Box) to send your cheque to, or a bank account for you to deposit your “sponsorship” money to, so why don’t you play along and obtain these details (as many as you can, the more the better, get both a physical address, telling them you’ll send a cheque, then tell them it would actually be more convenient for you to deposit the money directly into their account, I’m sure they’ll salivate at that prospect) and then pass all those details onto the fraud desk of you local constabulary??

    I’m sure the REAL police can EASILY and fairly cheaply set up a sting operation to catch them. Yet all you do is try to pick holes in their stories and expose them as scammers on the phone! No! What use is that, apart from you feeling a bit happy and superior that you’ve “told them”.

    They are clearly laughing at you and still all the way to the bank.
    Then they just keep on doing this until someone falls for it and it never ends.

    Help catch them! It will feel much more satisfying too.

  23. Hi Panache,

    Thank you for the comment; it is a good comment and it does raise some good points.

    However :-

    For the person/company being “scammed” to get to this point they would have to “accept” and “agree” to what the person is saying on the phone. The tactic they commonly use against anyone is to record the calls and claim they have recordings to proove the person they called “agreed and accepted” what they were “selling” (advertising/support)

    This can then put the scammed person in a difficult position and the “scammers” could legally argue that the person they are chasing for money “agreed” to pay.


  24. These people doing the scam are very convincing and quite forceful with the conversation, my partner was convinced to pay out and we have lost £900 in total. I am now making a list of scam calls and today we had good old wilson haines advertising on the phone with the cancer awareness advert we placed with them 4 months ago. I asked if he had a recording of the conversation and yes you guessed it, he did. I bet it had been edited from the initial scam we paid for, needless to say I told the guy that he was a scam artist and not to phone me again and put the phone down. Latest news …. hes hasnt phoned back …yet.

  25. I just got another call from the Crime Prevention Booklet today – I have received several in the past year and every time I say no they ring back a couple of months later. Unfortunately this time when I told the girl that I am sick of saying to callers from their organisation I am not interested and never was, she said you were not called by us before, I argued and said yes I have spoken to your organisation before and said no she replied – THAT WAS NOT US YOU MARE – when I said Excuse Me she quickly put the phone down and on doing 1471 the number was withheld.

  26. I am sick to death of these people calling and trying to scam me out of money. I have been wishing for a long time that the police could do something about this so I think the idea of obtaining addresses and/or bank details is a good one. I might give it a go next time if I can bear to listen to their drivel for long enough!

  27. Yes I had a call 23-09-10 from”Crime Prevention Campaign’ They said that in Jan 2010 I had agreed to an ad with them for £499.00. Now they needed payment as they were ready to go to print. I stated that I did not ever agree to any advertising by phone and that I had no recollection of their company at all. The guy (Brad Evens) insisted that I had agreed and that it was legally binding and I would have to pay. He even stated a company that I had put an ad with. As I had made a marketing plan for my company for 20210 which did not include any outside advertising I could confidently answer that I DID NOT AGREE TO ANY ADVERTISING WITH THEM!!! He then said “Ok, I can do the same ad for £399.00″ By this time I was losing patience and said that I wanted to call him back. The number he gave me 08452122080 (does not exist). He then said “ok! If you say you did not agree I will drop it this time! And put the phone down!!!
    09-11-10 I got a call from “Drugs Awareness Campaign” saying they had spoke to me a couple of months ago and now the money was seriously overdue’!!!WHAT! they didnt even use the same false company name. When I asked what company he worked for and their phone number he told me to ‘Shut up & listen’! I said ‘Just give me your details’ He said ‘I will answer you when I want to, just shut up!” At which point I said I believe this is a scam & put the phone down.
    The saddest thing is I will now never agree to support anyone by phone even if they are a genuine charity. How can these people continue to have some rights in law when they hurt not just small business but also legitimate charity.

  28. my other half text me quite happy today to tell me she was thinking about taking out an advert in the local loughborough police station crime initative saying she would talk after work i told her to stop as she was being conned she says shes not paid anything yet lets hope shes telling the truth!!! p.s ive shown her this site

  29. HI

    I had a call to my mobile(from a mobile) today from a Guy (with a heavy Scouse accent) claiming to be from the Crime Prevention Bocklet. He did not tell me what company he was from or his name.

    First thing he said that he was phoning up about removing my company name and details from the Charities Database. He then said he would also like to thanks me for my continued support with the Crime Prevention Bocklet.

    Then he told me that I owe him £100 pound for an advertisment that I apparently ordered earlier this year and that he would be sending me the artwork along with my invoice. He then said his superviser will be calling to confirm me having my details removed.

    About 10 minutes later I recieved 3 Unknown Callers in 10 minute intervals, none of which I answered. The a couple of hours later the first guy called and I missed his call.

    Then a minute or 2 later I got this exact text message word for word.

    “Jay if don’t pick up they cant take you off the data base they wil stil take payment and you wil stil get calls”

    To which I replied:

    “Sorry dont answer unknown & possibly withheld numbers, their usualy Publication Scammers on the other end”

    Almost right after he phone me as if he did not read the message and asked me why I did not answer his supervisors call. I explained to him exactly what I said in my text.

    He went onto say that it could be a problem with there phone systems (Not Likely) and that he would be calling personally tomorrow morning.

    After reading this suffice it to say that he is not going to get an answer and I have phone my mobile service provider to request that they bar any calls from his numbers. I will also be reporting him to Fraud Action and Trading Standards tommorow.

    If you get a call from 077*****183 and he has a Scouse Accent hang up immediately.

  30. Below is the complete updated of the conversation I has with the company involved in my last comment:

    · Paul Thompson – 077*****183 called my mobile @ 12:49pm (8/12/10)

    A caller claiming to be from Safety Planners Ltd called about the “Crime Prevention Booklet” called thanking me for my support and to say that I will be taken off the National Charity Database when my details have been confirmed by Paul’s Supervisor. Apparently after I had completed this process I should have been receiving an E-mail with a certificate attached. I was also going to be sent an invoice for £100 for advertisement as well as the final artwork for the “Crime Prevention Booklet” AFTER I had paid the total amount.

    I did question the initial £100 charge for an order I placed saying that I don’t remember ever agreeing to pay for an advertising space in there “Crime Prevention Booklet” . But I thought I would hold my complaints about this possible misunderstanding for Paul’s Supervisor as the conversation was going nowhere with Paul.

    · Unknown caller – Unknown Possibly Withheld number phoned my mobile @ 12:57pm. (8/12/10)

    · Unknown caller – Unknown Possibly Withheld number phoned my mobile @ 1:10pm. (8/12/10)

    · Unknown caller – Unknown Possibly Withheld number phoned my mobile @ 1:18pm. (8/12/10)

    · Paul Thompson – 077*****183 called my mobile @ 3:07pm. (Personal Mobile) (8/12/10)

    Phoned me but I missed the call.

    · Paul Thompson – 077*****183 text my mobile with the following message @ 3:07pm. (8/12/10)

    “Jay if u dont pick up they cant take u off the database they wil stil take payment and u wil stil get calls”

    · I then replied @ 6:10 (8/12/10) with the following:

    “Sorry don’t answer unknown & possibly withheld numbers, their usually Publication Scammers on the other end. However if you colleague would like to contact me on a unwithheld number then I would be more than happy to talk to them”

    · Paul Thompson – 077*****183 called my mobile @ 6:11pm (8/12/10)

    Asking why I was not answering his supervisors calls, I told him that I do not answer Unknown Callers on my mobile. He then went on to say that there must be a problem with the telephone switchboard at his company (unlikely). Then went onto say that he would call tomorrow morning.

    · Paul Thompson – 077*****183 called my mobile @ 12:40pm (9/12/10)

    Asking why I have not been answering his supervisors calls again, I said I had received none appart from the withheld number yesterday. I told him that I had been reading about a people having problem with Safety Planners Ltd. and a ‘Crime Prevention Booklet’ and he said there is a load going around but him and the company he worked for was not one of them. He then said “You cant tarnish me with the same brush” LOL

    I then said that I had received no artwork or invoice for this order. He then went onto say that I had received their artwork and gave his company my go ahead. I said that I never received any artwork from them and there must have been a misunderstanding. I then went on to say would not be paying any invoice until I see some hard proof like an invoice or some artwork.

    He then got really rude saying that I was a liar about not receiving any artwork and started shouting at me down the phone. Then said I remember me agreeing for you (Paul) to remove my details from the charity database but not to advertising in your booklet. He continued to be rude and shout at me.

    Then I told him under immense pressure to go ahead with the payment (I cancelled my Card shortly after he hung up). But If I never received any evidence of the order after payment then I would be chasing Safety Planners Ltd. through trading standards. I then went on to ask him for his full name and company of which he was either reluctant to give it up or did not know it too well.

    Then I had to really coax him for his companies full postcode to that he replied “I can’t remember it”. I then said “I want the full postcode please” to which he replied “You are really taking the piss now” and went down some stairs (toke the mobile with him) to go a get it for me LOL. I got the full postcode, then he hung up.

    Its safe to say he and his company were definatly trying to scam me, either that or this Paul went to one of the worst customer service training class ever concieved LOL.

    I have had no calls so far and I dont expect I will, It’ll be invoices from now on. They will be going straigh to Trading Standards and Consumer Direct.

    I will keep you posted with any updates on this matter and thanks for reading this long ass post lol

  31. We are a business in Manchester. We have just had a phone call from a girl/woman supposedly from the ‘Cancer Awareness Campaign’ regarding an advert we had apparently agreed to at the end of September. No recollection of this.

    Think she must have seen an advert in a local booklet we’d done (as she described this). She said our artwork was ready and we’d agreed to a 1/8 page for £249.

    Thankfully we kept insisting we knew nothing of it and she eventually put the phone down.

    Only after this did I google about advertising scams and found your website here.

    Hope she doesn’t manage to get money out of any other of the advertisers in that booklet (Local2Local).

  32. I have done some research into trafalger press after being scammed by them and it looks like they have changed there name to impact print and are supposedly based at GRG house in manchester but have been there and they have got no office there so i believe they are diverting the phone lines to trafalger house in swinton. I have reported everything i have put together to trading standards and am waiting for a reply.

  33. Received a call from an indvidual pretending to be a police officer and the nonsense he came out with was quite alarming, considering he was just some tele sales person in an office lying through his teeth to con money out of people.
    He started off asking if we’d had any problems at the campus and promising to increase police presence in the area!
    Total rubbish, but I went along with it to see where he was going.
    He then thanked me for supporting the last Crime Prevention Campaign (which we’d never supported) then rather disturbingly the conversation took a strange twist and he went on to say they were doing another campaign supporting the soldiers and their familes in the war, a matter that sits close to my heart.
    Cutting a long story short, it was all a con and done on the back of something we’d never supported in the first place and trying to take money out of the pockets of soldiers that are fighing now, disgusting!
    I received an invoice from ‘Help the Forces’ from Manchester, within a few days of the conversation and I’ve since passed their details onto the local Trading Standards Office, the police and wrote a letter to my local MP.
    Be warned, dont pay ‘Help the Forces’ anything it’s a disgusting con!

  34. Just received a similar call – they had the name of our old FD & also the new MD which is who he asked to speak to. You dont just get through to them in our office so he had to speak to me. Told me that crime in our area was down by 7% but then couldn’t pronounce the area we are based in! Then told me he is sending out the report with all the stats as it would take too long to discuss them all and if i want to advertise again (we have never advertised in the past) it would be £195 for a 1/8 peage. He’s calling me back next Monday as I was too busy to talk!! That should be an interesting call!

  35. I have just had my 3rd phonecall from ‘Quality Care’ in the past couple of years. They always insist that the charity I work for has agreed to pay for an advert on a wallplanner to help disabled children (which we certainly have not as we do no paid advertising). They say I have entered into a verbal contract and they will send an invoice. In the past when I have asked for the name and charity number they have hung up. This time she gave me the charity number 1060259. I have rung the charity commission and the charity contact to make them aware that their number is being used by scammers.

    I hope noone gets caught by them and pays up!

    Its disgusting that people use the idea of ‘disabled children’ to try to con people out of money.

    Apparently Wirral Trading Standards are looking into the matter.

  36. As soon as I opened my business at the beginning of October 2010, I received several calls from Police Drink aware campaign, The Fire Brigade safety awareness campaign, which although I declined due to a lack of budget I thought were genuine. I then received a call from the Police again for the ‘Road Safety Campaign’ booklet, and I did wonder if the second one was a genuine call. The callers were all very professional and convincing. This morning I received a call from Natalie at the Police Crime Prevention Campaign asking for me by name and claiming I had agreed to ‘help them’ back in October and that the booklet was being published next week and my business was on the front page. Confident that I had not agreed to this I told her she was mistaken and she asked me to confirm my name again, which I did. She then got a little stroppy and said I had definitely agreed to this and I had to pay. I told her I definitely hadn’t agreed to it and the line went dead. |It was only at this point that I was sure this was a scam and looked for confirmation on the internet. Hence my post. The Police are not interested in this sort of thing. It is up to the prospective victims to be aware that they may be scammed and be very cautious. Panache is very naive if he/she thinks the Police are going to mount a sting operation. They ask for payment via debit card and the transaction could well be carried out abroad. My elderly mother in law was cheated out of £14,000. |The money was taken in several payments via foreign banks. The Police said tough she should have been more careful (she was diagnosed with alzeimers a few weeks later). The bank refused to accept any responsibilty or attempt to recover the money despite the payments being out of the ordinary.

  37. Got the same call today from “THE POLICE”! Saying they were part of the Crime prevention campaign working on behalf of a company called MEL. Apparently I had given them permission to publish an advert in a brochure and they wanted to know if there are any local businesses or schools who would like to receive the brochure…once I’d said no they proceed to say “ok, all we need is the payment details”. When I asked for their location they said that it wasn’t relevant so I asked again and they hang up. I have lodged a formal complaint with the police and have a telephone number for them to try from their caller ID.

    Hope they all rot in hell.

  38. I have also received a number of calls from the crime prevention group, my partner took most of the calls and they asked for myself and would only talk to myself. Today I received a call from a female claiming to be from the crime prevention group, I’m well aware of some of these scam’s as an ex Police Officer, I asked what crime prevention group they were from, she stated Herford, I said im sure Herford was in Germany!!!! she the stated they served my post code and stated the first 3 figures of the post code. I asked for their number, address and for her name….
    Her response was “Go eat a piece of C*ck you F*@king C*%T” then proceeded to slam the phone down… Nice sales pitch!!!!!!!!
    Dont fall for it guys!!!

  39. My wife has been hit on the phone by these people. She has been badgered so much by “advertisers” it is destroying the fun of her small business.They are remarkably persistent, saying they have done a deal to reduce the amount of debt!!!!
    I’m getting their numbers blocked but I am concerned that apparently so little can be done to stop them. Calling the police doesn’t get much help other than a little advice.
    Unfortunately, as a vicar I am professionally gullible, but it is remarkable how when I start challenging the phone gets cut off.
    Flat battery my a***.
    I feel nervous even sharing this news in case it is hosting yet another scam.

  40. Just after I posted I had the fourth phone call today. Persistant or what. I resisted the temptation to say my employer wrote the rule book as he did a double take on my ‘Hello, the vicarage!’
    I stated that yes, I was a vicar and because of that I knew about data protection and that if the request had been made that my wife’s name was withdrawn from lists by law it had to be honoured.
    I put the phone down before calling down thunderbolts from heaven.

  41. I received a call today from the Cheshire Crime Prevention unit telling me that my booklets are ready to be sent to the school I chose to sponsor, I asked him which booklets and he said the National Crime Prevention booklets and I had requested they be sent to a certain local school, when I said that I had done no such thing he said “I can assure you Angela (first name terms!!) that you did, I have a telephone recording of you agreeing to the advert and sponsorship if I would like to hear it”, I told him it would be pointless as it will be a scam and I have no intention of wasting my time and I would be putting the phone down now,I haven’t heard back from him and when I dialled 1471 it was a withheld number.
    Sadly I am not surprised as I have been caught out before, in 1997 I DID agree to sponsor a child safety awareness booklet and was sent 150 copies with a quarter page advert so thought nothing more about it, OMG did that open the flood gates the following year! I got caught out that year because I genuinely couldn’t remember back 8 mths previously as to whether I had had such a phone call and the threat of legal action worried me, after that I began to get more and more so I started arguing the point and hanging up, I realised that when I asked them to send the paperwork through (so I could get some of their details, the addresses where very similar, all childrens safety charities (I don’t have children and actually run an animal focused business)and all based in manchester.
    I thought I had managed to get them stopped until I got this one today but as they all start their conversations the same way I caught on very quickly as to who they were, I have also been called by the ambulance service, the fire protection servce and today the crime prevention unit.
    Is it worth contacting the police?? I have no name or telephone number to give them but I certainly will not be caught out again.

  42. I used to work at Trafalgar Press Ltd and I only worked there a few weeks as it is not humain. They charge customers from £99 a year to £999 although they ring back up to 4 times a year. The money however about 0.7% will actually go to the charites crimestoppers the rest in there pockets and the books in which people have advertised in do not even get published often they only print about 100 and provide the customer with one only. It is 100% con and they spend the money on flash cars and works weekends out.

  43. I got a call from them today, a lady called Natalie who was calling to ‘renew’ our sponsorship. When I said that we had not provided any sponsorship, she said her records showed that we had taken a package. I told her categorically that she was incorrect at which point she put the phone down! Needless to say the number was withheld..

  44. Just had a call this morning from a Natalie from Crime Prevention Team regarding my involvement in a publication that is going to press in three weeks. I had apparently been contacted in Feb – impossible I only opened my office in March and when she mentioned the £99 due I said, no no no and she hung up.

    Just because we’re Irish doesn’t mean we’re thick….nice try Natalie but I sincerely hope no one else falls for this.

  45. I have been pestered by a firm called Target media in Cheshire, who claim I agreed to an advert in a community magazine back in Feb/March, I do not recall this as I don’t advertise this way and said I now owe them £400, which I refused to pay, they contacted me again via email sending the supposed advert proof and another invoice for a reduced price of £199.00. I have since ignoring this recieved 3 more invoices and a call today, asking for the money, they say it is recorded so I asked to hear it, I heard a recording from 4th May telling me I can have a discount, which I said well ok but Im not paying as I didnt agree, so now today I have been offered a further discount.
    Has anyone heard of Target Media? or had the same problem and what am I supposed to do about it.

  46. What I have done.

    Buy a cheap mobile phone – around £15.00, £10.00 pay as you go voucher, and redirect these scammers from the main business phone and any other mobile to this one. It will have no personal or business contacts on it, so of no use to you; use it solely for the scammers.

    Accept the initial call, be very brief and hang up. Turn to silent, don’t answer the conformation of order call that they will follow up with, leaving them snookered.

    You will finish up with about a dozen anonymous missed calls each day. These will diminish as time goes by.

    Another one gets redirected to this phone and the cycle begins again. Happy days are back again!

  47. Natalie certainly gets around! I asked if she was from the police, and she said no, we’re a charity and told me I’d agreed to pay half of something in March, I said I do’n….She hung up… getting predictive in her old age! Didn’t understand Ben Andrews method of redirecting to mobile seems extreme to me!

  48. I have just been called by a woman with a Northern accent from ‘Quality Care’. She asked for me by name, and claimed my company had been ‘helping’ with the ‘disabled children’ charity wall planner as agreed in a telephone call in March (2011), and that the wall planner was now ‘ready to go’. My company is actually a partnership, just me and my wife, and we both know exactly what things we agree to, and this was not one of them! I told her that we do support various charities, but her’s is not one of them, and she immediately said it must be a mix up at ‘their end’, and that she had not made the call in March. She then hung up. I did 1471, number withheld, then an internet search shows this scam. So, it is still going on, beware.

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