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Rise in carbon credit certificate fraud

Detectives in the Economic Crime Unit are urging residents to be careful following a rise in fraud offences involving the sale of carbon credit certificates.

Nationally, there has been a rise in fraudsters selling these certificates. The offenders have been using the appeal of helping the environment to help sell the products.

Carbon certificates are usually given to allow the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, in a manner which reduces the overall emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by limiting the amount used.

If you have been approached by anyone, via e-mail, phone or in person, who has attempted to sell these certificates and you believe them to suspicious, please let us know via 101.

Our advice to avoid being a victim of this crime:

  • Never reveal personal/financial details as a result of an unsolicited call, email or text. If someone has your contact details, it does not make them genuine.
  • Don’t agree to any offer with advanced payment or having to sign a contract on the spot. Speak to a family member or friend first.
  • Check the credentials of a financial company on the financial conduct authority website - https://www.fca.org.uk/ - the company should be on this register. Contact the company directly and reject any offers made through unsolicited communications.

11 Feb 19 4:15 PM

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