The Isle of Man Constabulary has received reports that Manx businesses have been contacted and asked to make donations in relation to ‘crime prevention issues’.
The caller has stated that he is calling on behalf of the Isle of Man Constabulary Crime Prevention Unit.
Constable Radcliffe, the force crime reduction officer, stated: ‘I would wish to make it clear to the public that we would never approach businesses in this way. This individual has no links to the force and is not working on our behalf.
‘Please be aware that there is always a risk that scammers may try to target businesses during periods such as the lead up to Christmas. They are aware that staff will be busy and may therefore be more susceptible to this type of activity.
‘Remember – be cautious - you should never disclose any financial information during a ‘cold call’ telephone conversation.’
If you’ve received calls of this nature, contact police headquarters on 631212.