Gloucestershire Constabulary are issuing a warning after receiving a report of a new type of scam.
A man in Cheltenham was browsing the internet on his mobile phone whilst at home yesterday evening (Sunday 7 August), when a message came up saying that his phone had been shut down by police.
The scam went onto say that to unlock his account he would need to pay £100 to ‘paysafe’, with a link for him to click on.
Thankfully, the victim suspected this was a scam so he didn’t pay anything and called police.
Officers are warning the public of this scam and offering the following advice:
- Ensure any device you use that accesses the internet has security software installed to help prevent any viruses or scams
- If an unexpected message appears on your phone asking you to pay money online, call your mobile network provider or the police on 101
- Do not pay for anything online unless you are sure what it is and who it is to
- Just because police are mentioned, don’t assume it is genuine – call us on 101 if you’re unsure
Please make your family, friends and neighbours aware of this scam and our advice.