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St Helena : JOINT PRESS RELEASE BETWEEN ST HELENA POLICE DEPARTMENT, BANK OF ST HELENA AND ST HELENA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 22.10.2011 (Article Archived on 05.11.2011)

If a stranger came up to you on the street and asked you to give them a large sum of money, would you? Probably not!

JOINT PRESS RELEASE BETWEEN ST HELENA POLICE DEPARTMENT, BANK OF ST HELENA AND ST HELENA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY


 


That which glitters is not always gold!


 


Be aware of e-mail and internet scams!!


 


If a stranger came up to you on the street and asked you to give them a large sum of money, would you? Probably not!


 


Then please do not give away your hard earned savings to a stranger that you've met only on the internet.


 


The Bank of St Helena, St Helena Development Agency and the St Helena Police Department have been made aware of a number of potential criminal attempts to trick people to give up their money and savings via the internet and e-mails in recent months. Some very simple basic rules are attached to help keep your money safe...


 


Always use common sense. If you have a gut feeling that something isn't legitimate, you're probably right.


 


Make sure the company has a phone number and physical address. Call the company back.


Always ask for references and check them carefully. A reputable company will be pleased to send you additional information and give you as many references from satisfied customers as you want.


 


If the stranger is suggesting that you send him money through a bank then insist on getting a reference from that bank, with contact details so that the reference can be independently checked. The Bank of St Helena will be happy to assist with this.


 


Many of these internet scams are related to money laundering. It is an offence in St Helena to provide any sort of assistance with a transaction where there are reasonable grounds for believing that the transaction is potentially linked to criminal activity.


 


Always make sure that you get a strong guarantee. Ask the company what will happen if you want to return the product or service. You might even ask for references of people who have returned the product and received refunds.


 


Avoid falling for high pressure sales tactics. Scamsters always want your money right now. They don't want to give you time to think about your decision. If you are pressured to decide right now, decide "no."


 


Pay by credit card. That gives you recourse if you have a problem. If you pay by credit card and have a problem, you can call your bank and do a "charge back." What that means is that you have the credit card company "charge back" your purchase to the vendor and give you a credit. But do be careful giving out your credit card number (especially by email).


Don't respond to bulk emails, for example when an e-mail is addressed to ‘undisclosed recipients’. Be sceptical of offers that use LOTS OF CAPITAL LETTERS and punctuation!!! Emails that shout at you are often bogus, such as "Discover how you can make BIG $$$$$ MONEY in NO TIME AT ALL!!!!!


Always print a hard copy of any on-line offer that you're considering. Make sure you keep the email address, Internet address (URL), and any other information, as well as the date and time that you saw the offer. Save this information in case you need it later.


 


Beware of promoters who try to sell things using an anonymous email address such as anon12345@anon.company.com, user@domain.com or a post office box.


Be aware, your internet 'friend' or 'potential business partner' of today could disappear tomorrow, without a trace, once he/she has your money.


 


If you have any concerns please contact the St Helena Police Department on telephone 2626.


Stay safe - think carefully, spend wisely!!


 


18th October 2011

 

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