Scams - Bureau de change
Royal Greenwich Trading Standards are warning residents of a Bureau de change scam operating in the Borough;
You will receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the police working with the Barclays fraud team, you will then be put through to several people claiming to be from Police HQ and Barclays.
You are informed that a fraudulent transaction of euros has been put into your account and instructed to visit a bureau de change to withdraw thousands of Euros so a detective can collect them. They will tell you to lie to the bureau de change about why the money is needed.
Within minutes of arriving home a further phone call is received for the money to be collected.
The money is then collected by the Fraudsters from your home address. This is a scam, Trading Standards advise you to hang up the phone immediately and report the attempted crime to the police and Trading Standards.
Beware, this is a SCAM... Report it!
IF YOU SEE ANY ACTIVITY LIKE THIS AND ARE CONCERNED, PHONE THE POLICE ON 101.
To check if callers are genuine Royal Greenwich members of staff such as Trading Standards Officers, telephone the Royal Greenwich Council main switchboard number on 020 8854 8888 and ask to be put through to the department they are claiming they are from.
If you need to check outside normal office hours, telephone the Royal Greenwich Council Out Of Hours number on 020 8884 8888 with any details you have about the caller such as name given / what department they are claiming they are from.
REPORTING to Trading Standards
Protect others by reporting incidents like this to us as soon as they happen.
BLOCKING NUISANCE CALLS
The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is a FREE service. It is the official central opt out register on which you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls.
For more information, contact the TPS on 0845 070 0707 or at www.tpsonline.org.uk
Who to contact
- 020 8921 8223
- Royal Greenwich Trading Standards
- Parent Organisation
- Royal Greenwich Trading Standards Rapid Response Team