Road Safety GB is urging road safety officers to be on their guard against a publicity scam in which the caller asks for payment of a bogus invoice.
The scam comes in the form of a phone call in which the caller starts by thanking you for helping them out with their latest campaign, and offering a deal on the next one. The caller also apologises for not calling you back and talks as if they have worked with you for some time, a tactic designed to throw you off guard and dupe you into believing that you have dealt with them before. They then ask you to pay the invoice (which you can’t find because you never received it) so they offer to send you a copy of the invoice and ask you to pay it.
The caller will probably have a north west (Manchester) accent and if you ask for a phone number it will be a mobile. If you call them back you will find that the number is non-existent and if they give you a name and address they will be fictitious. And if you really quiz them, they might even get abusive and threatening.
Road safety officers are advised to be careful because these people are very slick.