Diverting Payments

Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters pretend to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment. 

Protect yourself
 
Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous emails with the genuine person
 
For any request of payment via email, make a call to the person who carried out the work to confirm the details
 
Check the email for spelling and grammar as these are signs that the email is not genuine.
 
Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.
 
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.
 

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