Further to the two previous Dorset Alert bulletins concerning telephone scams in Sherborne and Yetminster. Four further reports of telephone scams in the Sherborne area have been received.
The first involved a fraudster claiming to be a Metropolitan police officer who told the Sherborne resident that they had two women under arrest for attempting to use clones of the resident’s bank card. They went on to tell the recipient of the call that if they did not cooperate they would be arrested and that they needed her bank details to corroborate their evidence. The recipient of this call knew it was a scam call because the police never ask for banking details, and she hung up.
The second fraud call involved a fraudster once again claiming to be a police officer saying that a member of staff at her bank was being investigated for being involved in defrauding her. She was told to go to her bank and withdraw £6000 which would be fake money passed to her by the bank cashier who was in on the scam. A ‘police officer’ would then meet her outside the bank to collect the ‘fake money’ which would be used as evidence. The recipient of this particular call knew it was a scam from the beginning and reported the attempted scam to Dorset Police.
The third scam attempt was a bogus caller claiming to be from the person’s bank and said they needed to verify the banking details they held. No information was given by the recipient and the call was terminated. The same person was called again two days later by a person claiming to be a Metropolitan police officer and later in the conversation as Sherborne police officer. In this call the recipient was asked questions about her bank cards, but again no information was given.
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.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
PCSO 6269 Jones