Conmen use Crimestoppers advert scam
Fraudsters, including one who pretends to be a bailiff, have been posing as staff from charity Crimestoppers, in Devon and other places around the UK.
The organisation said it has received reports that conmen are falsely claiming to sell advertising and one has said he is a bailiff chasing up an unpaid bill.
So far the group has struck in Burgess Hill in Sussex, Daventry in Northamptonshire, Devon, Thames Valley and Gwent in South Wales.
They have pretended to sell adverts in a Crimestoppers publication, but the charity said it does not have advertising in its biannual magazine Connect.
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A spokeswoman said: "We would like to let the public know that if someone gets in contact regarding advertising space within a Crimestoppers publication, this is fraudulent activity and you should report it immediately to Action Fraud via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk/report—fraud or call 0300 123 2040.
"If you have been a victim already or you know anyone else who has been a victim of this fraudulent activity, please also report this to Action Fraud."
Crimestoppers, now in its 25th year, operates an anonymous service where witnesses can pass on information about crimes without revealing their identity.