Sherborne Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team has received reports from residents in Holwell that they have received repeated telephone calls from people claiming to be from Openreach. The caller claims there are internet issues in the area and the recipient of the call is entitled to be issued £200 as compensation for the inconvenience.
This is a scam. The caller will either eventually ask their victim for their banking details on the pretence that they are required so that compensation may be paid in to their account. When the details are given, the scammer will use those details to steal money from the victim’s account instead.
Alternatively the caller may try to persuade their victim into installing software on their computer, or ask them to perform commands on their computer with the intention of gaining remote access to their device. They will then scour the victim’s computer for bank details and may even use those details later in an identity theft crime.
The best defence against this type of scam is to be scam aware. You can read about all the latest scams at the Action Fraud website below. Always keep your anti-virus software up to date and regularly back up all your important computer files.
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