There have been numerous telephone call scams in the Sherborne and surrounding area. A further attempt scam occurred in Bradford Abbas yesterday (8th February).
A Bradford Abbas resident received a telephone call from a male stating he was a police officer from the Metropolitan Police. The caller gave his name as CID officer Green and said that he had arrested three people in Coventry because they were using bank cards that were clones of the person receiving the call. The bogus police officer said that to verify he was a genuine officer the person receiving the call should hang up, call 999, and ask for CID officer Green.
This is a common tactic used by telephone fraudsters. When the recipient of the call dials 999 they are actually speaking to the fraudster or an accomplice as they have not hung up and are still on the line. They use a fake dialling tone to fool the person the line has cleared.
The fictitious CID officer Green then told the Bradford Abbas resident that they needed to go to their bank and withdraw £5,500 and hand the cash over to plain clothes police officers who would be waiting outside the bank. It was at this point that the recipient of the call hung up.
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 also report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
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