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Alert message sent 22/04/2017 15:11:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

 

The Neighbourhood Team  continue to receive reports of scams from local residents and I am keen to make the rest of the community aware of these incidents to reduce the risks of our residents being caught out by them.

A local resident has advised that she received a call claiming to be from the Thames Valley Police Visa Fraud Office saying that someone had been arrested in possession of her bank card. This person had claimed to be her grandson. Fortunately, she smelt a rat and challenged the caller. The call was ended.
 
The team still receive reports of fraudulent calls claiming to be from Talk Talk. You may recall that this company was hacked some ago and customer details obtained:

 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34743185
 
One resident received a router following a call from fraudsters which fortunately raised suspicions. When Talk Talk were contacted they confirmed that it was part of a scam and would pick up confidential information entered into the computer, like passwords or PINs. These could then be used for fraud or theft offences.
 
These fraudsters can be compared to fisherman casting their lines into the River hoping for a bite. Most of the time they will be unsuccessful, but occasionally they may catch someone while their guard is down. Please try to not allow yourself or anyone around you be caught by them by remaining cynical and understanding that no legitimate company or organisation will call you out of the blue requiring your banking details.
 

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Matthew Lloyd (Police, PS, Wycombe LPA)

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