Hoax calls warning to counsellors and psychotherapists

Friday 16th July, 2010

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has issued a warning to its members about hoax calls trying to sell advertising.

A company using the name IPL Media is offering advertising in a magazine for emergency services with claims that personnel prefer not to use in-house counselling services for fear of jeopardising their careers.

The company is requesting payment over the phone and claim they obtained members details from the BACP website.

The BACP has warned that under no circumstances should members give payment to this company over the phone and they should report the incident to the police.

This is similar to a 2009 scam targeting counsellors and psychotherapist.

GoToSee would like to offer this advice on how to avoid being ripped off:

1. Ask the caller where they got your details from. If they refuse to tell you then don’t answer any more questions and hang up.

2. If the caller claims they work for a directory, association or website and offers you advertising space check out the company first. Ask for a copy of the directory or the address of the website.

3. If they offer a phone number for you to call them back on don’t use it. Go to the website they claim to be working for and find the contact number from there.

4. Be wary of sites offering free advertising. If you pass on your details to them, even if it is just your name, address and phone number you could find yourself being bombarded with promotional material or unwanted sales calls.

5. Under no circumstances give a caller your date of birth, national insurance number or bank details. A genuine company making a ‘cold-call’ will never ask for such information during an initial call for your business. If you decide that you want to do business with the company then call them back at your convenience after first checking them out online.



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