A Sherborne resident was nearly the victim of a common scam. The resident received a telephone call from a person claiming to be a Metropolitan Police Officer who said that her bank card hand been cloned and a person had tried to use the cloned card in Brighton. The bogus officer requested that the recipient of the call ‘assist’ the police by withdrawing £5700 in cash from her bank account, which she did. The Sherborne resident was told by the bogus police officer that the police would call at her address to collect the money.
Fortunately the recipient of the call confided in a family member who immediately called Dorset Police. We were then able to protect the resident and work with her bank to protect her account.
Although anyone can fall for a scam, some people are vulnerable and more likely to be targeted. People who can be especially vulnerable to scams include older people and people with mental health problems, learning difficulties or dementia.
If you are a carer, relative, friend or neighbour of someone who is vulnerable, you might be the only person who can stop them from being scammed. Talk to the vulnerable people in your life and make sure they know what to look out for when it comes to scams.
You can make yourself aware of this type of scam and how to protect yourself against them by visiting the Action Fraud website below.
You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfaud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040
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