Warning after phone scam upsurge

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 June 2014


A SPATE of phone scams have targeted elderly Burnham residents in recent weeks, with fraudsters trying to extract bank details from unsuspecting victims.

Avon and Somerset Police have issued a warning to people in the area about the tactics used by scammers, with one victim losing a ‘considerable’ amount after being phoned by a bogus police officer, asked for their bank pin and informed another officer was on their way to collect their card.

In another instance, a person was asked to withdraw large sums of cash from their account and await further instruction.

Dr Kirstie Cogram, manager of Avon and Somerset Police’s economic crime group, said: “The police and banks will never ask for banking details or PIN numbers on the phone.

“Similarly, they would never send a so-called ‘courier’ to collect bank cards or money or ask you to withdraw cash. Please spread the word to your relatives, neighbours, colleagues and friends, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable.”

Anyone with information about possible scams can contact Action Fraud on 03001 232040 or via www.actionfraud.police.uk

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