Scam to ‘steal’ bank details
THAMES Valley Police has issued a warning for people to be vigilant following a series of reports of ‘courier fraud’.
The victim receives an unsolicited telephone call from someone claiming to be from their bank or, in some cases, the police, and saying that their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on their card or that their card is due to expire and needs to be replaced.
The person may be asked to ring the bank back using the phone number printed on the back of their bank card. This helps to convince the person that the call is genuine.
However, the fraudster keeps the telephone line open, so even though the person has dialled the bank’s number, the call does not go through. Instead they are connected straight back to the original caller.
The fraudster gains the person’s trust by pretending to offer assistance. In many cases the victim is asked to provide their full bank card details and to key in their PIN so that the existing card can be cancelled and their new one activated or authorised.
If you receive this type of call, you can report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.