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Phone scammers from China up the ante in Armagh area

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Phone scammers are targeting the Armagh area with some venom today (Tuesday).

There have been a multitude of reports made to police regarding scammers claiming to be both BT and the Inland Revenue.

One of the numbers involved is 020 27 836239 – do not answer it! The number seems to originate from China.

A PSNI spokesperson confirmed the ruse is particular prevalent in the Armagh district, with the scammers asking for personal details.

“Fraudsters will go to any length to scam people out of money and you might think it might never happen to you, but it can,” said the police spokesperson.

“Our advice is simple. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. No matter how good the offer is, or how convincing these cold callers sound, be wary of any individual who cold calls you.

“If you have any suspicions at all about a call you receive, hang up and phone the organisation the person is claiming to represent to check their authenticity.

“Ideally, make a call from another telephone so you can be sure the original caller has not remained on the line. Never be pressured into a transaction over the phone.

“If you’ve had an experience like this, or require any further advice and information call us on on 101. Advice and information can also be obtained by visiting nidirect.gov.uk/scamwise or the Scamwise NI Facebook page.

“If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.”

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