Police warn against phone scam

Posted on 3rd February 2015

Police are urging residents to be vigilant following reports of fraudsters trying to obtain bank card details over the phone.

Several elderly residents in Derby called police on 101 yesterday (Monday, February 2), to report the scam. They say they have received phone calls from people pretending to be police officers from West Midlands Police or the Metropolitan Police Service. The caller claims the pensioner’s bank card has been cloned and asks them to confirm the details printed on the card.

Police believe it’s a scam to try and obtain money from victims’ bank accounts.

Derbyshire police have referred the callers to Action Fraud for investigation and officers are giving the following advice to residents;

  • Do not give your card details or personal information to a caller you do not know
  • The police would not cold call about a suspected offence
  • Keep your PIN a secret and remember that banks will never ask you for your PIN

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