Scam to ‘steal’ bank de­tails

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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