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Telephone Scam in Oxford

Alert message sent 06/10/2017 15:03:00

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Telephone Scam in Oxford

Thames Valley Police would like to remind everyone to be suspicious of all telephone calls claiming to be from banks, companies or individuals trying to find out about their finances or bank details.

This warning comes after an elderly gentleman, from Oxford, received a telephone call from a man claiming to be from the fraud department of a well-known high street bank.

The caller said he was investigating staff at the local bank who might be stealing money from customer accounts. He asked the victim to transfer money into a ‘dummy account’ in order to keep the money safe.

After the victim had divulged his bank account details, he was given a telephone number to call. This number rang, but there was no answer. He was also told not to discuss the phone call with staff at the bank.

The victim went to the bank to withdraw large amounts of money. It was on the second visit to the bank that a member of its staff became suspicious and raised the alarm. This prevented the victim from losing a substantial amount of money.

This is a scam and we advise residents to HANG UP and report to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040. Alternatively you can visit www.actionfraud.police.uk

For more crime prevention advice, please visit the Thames Valley Police website by clicking on this link - https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-yourself-and-others/

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Michelle Beahan (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Oxford LPA)

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