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Fire service and police warn of phone scam

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LOCAL businesses have been warned to be on their guard after reports of a telephone scam.
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) and Thames Valley Police (TVP) have been informed that several companies in Berkshire have received calls from a man claiming to work for either the Fire Service or the Police.
The man, who may have a northern accent, pressures the company into buying advertising space for a charity magazine.
When the business asks for further information, or the caller's contact details, he becomes extremely aggressive and offensive, often using abusive language.
Des Tidbury, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, said: “At no time would the Fire and Rescue Service use such ‘cold calling' techniques to request money for charitable or any other reasons. If members of the public receive such calls they should attempt to obtain the name of the caller and a contact number. Armed with this information they should then inform the Police.”
Thames Valley Police Crime Reduction Adviser, John McNichollas, said: “It would not be an acceptable practice for members of the police service to ask for donations for charities in this way. We advise people who receive calls of this nature to contact Thames Valley Police on 0845 8 505 505.”

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