At approximately 8pm on Monday the 5th of February, a male described as tall and thin with short dark hair and possibly in his teens to early twenties knocked at a house in Yetminster, asking to use the telephone as his car has broken down. The male stated he wanted to call a friend to help recover his vehicle. The male then left and said he was going to wait with his car.
The following day the residents received a telephone call from a male claiming to be a Detective Chief Inspector from the Metropolitan Police stating that he had arrested a young male who had knocked at their door the previous evening, and that the male was in possession of credit cards and a bank card in the resident’s name which he had tried to use in London. The bogus police officer said that the young male worked in their bank which is where he got their details from.
The bogus police officer then said that to confirm who he was the resident should hang up and call 999 to ‘verify’ who he was. This is a tactic used by scammers to trick people into thinking they are checking the validity of the person who has called them when in fact, they are not.
Fortunately the residents were very ‘scam aware’ and knew that a telephone line can stay open for up to two minutes so scammers can remain online and play a dialling tone to trick the individual into thinking they’re calling a telephone number. In fact, scammers are still connected and the individual is talking to a scammer who is in the process of trying to steal their money.
Typically the scammer will then ask the recipient of the call for their card details to verify that they match the fictitious cards they say they have.
Scam Protection Advice:
- The police would never make a call of this nature, so don’t engage with the fraudster, just hang-up the phone.
- Never give bank details over the phone.
- Don’t be rushed; the fraudsters will deliberately rush you, so that you feel you need to give them information quickly, even if they say it is important, don’t give them any personal information.
- If you want to give your bank a call after one of these phone calls, always use a different phone line to do so.
If you think you have received one of these phone calls or think you’re a victim of this type of fraud, always report it to Action Fraud.
To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
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