Phone scams are on the rise and are a common way to con people out of their money.

Age UK's website has an excellent section on Phone scams, cold calls and nuisance texts including "Six phone scams you should know about".

Northampton Borough Council is warning shoppers in the town centre to be aware of a possible scam.

Three individuals were seen on Wednesday 4th October 2017 in Abington Street outside the Grosvenor Centre entrance selling wristbands they said were in aid of the council’s night shelter.

No such fundraiser has been organised and no licence sought to carry it out.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “We would always urge people to check the credentials of anyone collecting money for charity.

“We would not wish to discourage people from giving to good causes but we absolutely do want people to make sure money is genuinely going to good causes.”

Anyone concerned about the legitimacy of any street collections should contact the Council’s licensing department at

Tel  0300 330 7000

If you are ever suspicious about correspondence from your bank you should call the customer services number on the back of their card.

To report a fraud and cyber crime, call the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre on 0300 123 2040.

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