Police in Antrim are advising local businesses to be wary of unsolicited phone calls asking them to advertise in magazines that they are not familiar with.
The advice follows reports that a business in the area was approached on behalf of someone purporting to be from a Police Crime Prevention Magazine requesting they buy advertising space.
This is a scam in an attempt to obtain money rather than a legitimate approach.
Michael Green, PSNI Crime Prevention Officer, said: “his magazine does not exist and is in no way associated with or endorsed by the PSNI or other police service. The ‘police magazine’ angle is used as a ploy to gain a degree of credibility and make people drop their guard.
“In the reported incidents the caller was reluctant to provide contact details for this magazine however genuine publications, including those that cater for the interests of police, will not hesitate to tell you who they are and how they can be contacted.
“Our advice is that you should never disclose financial details or make commitments to pay by credit or debit card to cold callers no matter who they claim to represent. Reputable organisations will give you the chance to think about your response.”
Anyone who has been approached in this way should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.