We have had a report that criminals are using our name in a phone scam. The report is that criminals are pretending to be from the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit, and calling people using an automated message that says their internet has been compromised and will be shut down within 24 hours, and if they want to speak to the technical team they should 'press 1'.
This is a scam, if you do receive a call like this, hang up the phone immediately.
The South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit do not operate an automated call service. If we do contact you, we will provide you with a way of verifying that it is us, such as a collar number which you can then give to a 101 call handler if you need to confirm the caller's identity.
If you are concerned that you have been a victim of this or any other type of cyber crime, report to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
For advice on protecting yourself against this type of scam, visit the Take Five campaign website at https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/