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Public asked to be vigilant after report of telephone scam

Police have received a report that yesterday afternoon (23rd November) a scam telephone call was made to a member of the public in West Cumbria.

The caller requested money as a donation for ‘setting up clubs to keep children off the streets’, and mentioned that Cumbria Police were setting up these clubs. He then asked for a donation of £145.

A Cumbria police spokesperson said: “Unfortunately there are people out there who will attempt to gain money fraudulently. I strongly advise anyone who receives calls like this to hang up immediately and do not provide any personal details.”

Anyone who comes across such a scam should contact Action Fraud at or contact the Action Fraud Hotline on 0300 123 2040 as they are the investigatory body for offences of this type. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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