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Businesses warned of booklet scam

Police are warning businesses to be alert after receiving a report that a Lowestoft-based company had been contacted by a man claiming to work for Suffolk Police trying to secure money for sponsorship advertising in a series of booklets.

The business was called on Wednesday 27 June, by a man claiming to work for ‘the emergency services media department’ who said that a detective from Suffolk Police was heading a campaign to produce a series of booklets to go into schools warning of the effects of drugs.

However the name given does not match with anyone working for Suffolk Constabulary and it is thought the call is likely to have been bogus.

Suffolk Police do not tout for advertising in this manner and there is no such thing as the emergency services media department.

Police are urging businesses and individuals to be careful when dealing with any unknown callers and to be extremely cautious with requests for cash.

Always stop and think before responding to callers or emails.

Never give out personal information such as bank or card details or commit yourself to anything without being sure of the persons identity and if in doubt contact the organisation they claim to be from using a number from a legitimate source such as the phone book.

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