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Hampshire Police brochure advertising scam

scamsJust a quick warning.

I had a phone call this morning on my landline from a chap who said he was “Trevor from Hampshire Police” and asking to speak to the MD of the business.

He reassured me I was not in any trouble but he was asking for local businesses support for a brochure campaign to raise drug awareness to young people in the area.

He kept mentioning his name was Trevor (but never a surname) and specifically kept asking if I would support them (presumably wanting me to say yes so he could say I agreed to it).

Having come across similar scams before I was on my guard and asked how much it cost. He then listed off 3 options which were something like this:


○ Full page, £995

○ Half page £595

○ Quarter page £395


I then mentioned that this was beyond my currently available marketing budget, he immediately hung up !

This is an old scam that has been going on for years and which seems to re-surface on a fairly regular basis.

Please be careful you don’t get caught out by them.





Steve Wood owns and runs Scalar Enterprises based in Portsmouth in Hampshire. He offers a range of services including Web design, Internet marketing and search engine optimisation (SEO) to small businesses and SMEs in Hampshire and the surrounding areas.

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