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Hang up on fraudsters

Alert message sent 09/11/2016 21:28:00

Information sent on behalf of Dorset Alert

Wednesday 9th November 2016:

This is a scam awareness alert. Dorset Police are warning residents about a new telephone scam which has emerged in the last week. In these recent cases, fraudsters have telephoned individuals claiming to be a police officer from the Metropolitan Police. They have informed the member of the public that their personal details have been recovered during a criminal investigation, relating to a male who is believed to be involved in fraudulent activity.

The fraudster explains that their money is therefore no longer secure and instructs the victim to make a transfer from a known account to a different bank. He tells the victim that they suspect the male has an accomplice within their bank, so to withhold the information given from bank employees.

In one case, during the course of the fraud, the victim mentioned a separate ISA account. The fraudster subsequently encouraged the victim to also transfer these funds: this resulted in the victim losing nearly £40,000 of savings.

So far, attempts have been made to use this method in Sherborne, Dorchester and Bournemouth.

Please be mindful that the fraudsters sound very encouraging and trustworthy, please follow these next steps to ensure you do not become a victim of this scam.

Detective Constable Rhys Griffiths says: "Please follow our advice and share the message with family and friends. Fraudsters will target the most vulnerable in our communities. It is therefore hugely important we work together to make as many people as possible aware of the risk fraudsters pose, and what they can do to help prevent themselves from falling victim."

Please remember:

• Police officers from any force will NEVER call you and ask for you financial details or encourage you to transfer money between accounts

• Your bank will NEVER ask for your financial details over the phone

NEVER send cash or bank cards anywhere via courier or in a taxi

• If ANYONE calls and asks for your bank details, PIN or for you to send money or cards via courier or taxi – HANG UP. Wait five minutes, dial 1471 and write down the number. Then call the police on 101.

Thank you,

PCSO Olivia Galliver 6492

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Olivia Galliver (Dorset Police, PCSO 6492, Sherborne)

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