Businesses are being warned about a scam where advertising space is offered in a bogus police magazine.
The words of caution come after a Nottingham business was contacted by someone claiming to be a Nottinghamshire police officer on 8 June.
The bogus caller said he represented a police publication called Streetwise and tried to sell him advertising space in the magazine for hundreds of pounds.
It was only when the business owner researched the magazine online that he discovered the call had been a scam.
Luckily, he had not handed over any money and contacted police.
PC John Bridgewater, who is investigating the incident, said: “Nottinghamshire Police does not produce a Streetwise magazine and the caller was not an officer – he was a conman who wanted to get his hands on honest people’s cash.
“Anyone who is contacted by a business claiming to be selling advertising, or any other service, should take precautions to ensure they are genuine.
“On this occasion, the business owner had the foresight to research the company first and quickly realised it was a scam. He could quite easily have handed over a substantial amount of money and would have undoubtedly never seen a return for his cash.
“People should be vigilant to ensure they don’t fall victim to this sort of con. And if someone claims to be a police officer, it’s worth a quick check with your local police, who can tell you straight away if this is legitimate.”
Anyone with information about the Streetwise magazine scam should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 or call Crimestopppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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