Be on guard against phone scam

Be on guard against phone scam

Be on guard against phone scam

First published in News

POLICE are reminding people to be on guard against a telephone scam that seven people have fallen victim to in the past three days.

The fraud involves a cold caller pretending to be a police officer and either urging the person to hand their bank card over to a courier or taxi driver, or asking them to call their bank. Victims may be asked to ring the number on the back of their card.

However, the scammer keeps the line open so the victim unknowingly talks to another member of the gang, posing as a bank employee.

After scammers targeted four people in Redditch this week, Inspector Jill Fowler, of West Mercia Police, said police will never ask for account details or PIN numbers over the phone and will never visit your house to collect your cards or property.

If you get a call like this hang up immediately and dial 999 using another phone, or call 101 with any information about the scam.

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10:25am Sat 30 Aug 14

mrwrighty says...

BT could stop these scams so easily. We are one of a few countries where the line can be held open by either party not replacing the handset. If BT changed their systems so that when the call is closed by either party as soon as the handset is replaced or the call terminated, this would not happen and the scam would not work.
BT could stop these scams so easily. We are one of a few countries where the line can be held open by either party not replacing the handset. If BT changed their systems so that when the call is closed by either party as soon as the handset is replaced or the call terminated, this would not happen and the scam would not work. mrwrighty
  • Score: 42

2:18pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Mobey says...

It might be worth noting that you can't phone 999 from a land line after this call as they still have the line open. So do it from a mobile.
It might be worth noting that you can't phone 999 from a land line after this call as they still have the line open. So do it from a mobile. Mobey
  • Score: 16

8:02am Sun 31 Aug 14

green49 says...

DO NOT under any circumstances give any details over the phone about anything, if someone claims to be from anywhere, police, bank etc tell them to send you it in the post. then put the phone down.
DO NOT under any circumstances give any details over the phone about anything, if someone claims to be from anywhere, police, bank etc tell them to send you it in the post. then put the phone down. green49
  • Score: 13

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