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Criminals are using this advertising scam to try to steal money in Bristol

November 26, 2018 / Hannah Baker

Small businesses in Bristol are being warned to stay on their guard against a scam after local companies were targeted by criminals. Not-for-profit business support organization Brave Enterprise says cold callers have contacted several Bristol businesses to sell advertising space in a bogus publication for what they claim is a good cause. Callers give the impression that the publisher is working with local charities, emergency services, crime prevention or community health initiatives, according to the national cyber-crime reporting center Action Fraud. Sometimes the caller will say that a business has placed an order previously, or that someone else in the firm has agreed to take out advertising space.