Small businesses are again being warned to be wary of cold callers offering advertising space in a police booklet.

The warning comes after one such fraudster called one of our Northern members claiming to be a police officer and offering advertising space in a booklet to be delivered to local residents promoting police activity and raising awareness of drug and alcohol issues in the community.

Similar scams include offering advertising space in a bogus publication for a seemingly good cause, such as a children’s charity.

Businesses are urged not to agree to advertise in such publications without taking time to ensure the claims made by the caller are true.

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, please contact Action Fraud or your local police station.

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