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Scam - Warrant For Arrest

Alert message sent 13/06/2019 18:17:00

Information sent on behalf of Devon and Cornwall Police

Police would like to make you aware of the following scam which has occurred in your area.

A number of elderly residents have been receiving telephone calls where the caller claims that there is a warrant out for their arrest unless they pay the money that is being demanded.  They tell vulnerable people that someone is coming to arrest them unless they pay the money immediately.
This scam is designed to frighten people.  No genuine agency will ever threaten arrest over the phone.  Please protect yourself by making yourself aware of the warning signs.

Five things to look out for on a scam phone call:

1)  The caller doesn’t give you time to think, tries to stop you speaking to a family member or friend or is insistent and makes you feel uncomfortable.
2)  The caller asks you to transfer money to a new account for fraud reasons.
3)  They phone to ask for your 4-digit card PIN or your online banking password. Even if they ask you to give it to them by tapping into the telephone keypad rather than saying the numbers out loud, this is a scam.
4)  They ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping.
5)  They may say that you are a victim of fraud and offer to send a courier to your home to collect your cash, PIN, payment card or cheque book.

Please make others aware.  By having conversations about these warning signs with friends and relatives, hopefully they will identify these scams more easily and it will prevent them from becoming a victim.  Please be vigilant.  Stop, think, hang up and report to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at
More information can be found here:


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Kim Foster (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Barnstaple)

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