An attempted telephone fraud scam has occurred in Sherborne. A Sherborne resident received a telephone call from a scammer claiming that the money in the resident’s account was not safe as there was a member of staff at their bank who was conducting fraudulent activity. The scammer told the recipient of the call that their money needed to be transferred to a ‘secure account’. The recipient of the call was quite vulnerable, so the full details of what was said to the person who received the call remains unclear.
At the end of the call the Sherborne resident was instructed to go to their bank and transfer £9000 to an account number that was provided by the scammer. While at the bank the bank staff were immediately suspicious and provided support to their customer and contacted the police.
Fortunately due to the timely intervention of the bank staff, in this incident no money was lost. There have been several telephone call scam attempts of this nature in the Sherborne area over the past week.
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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