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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Cumbria public warned of fraud risk following purse thefts

RESIDENTS in Cumbria are being warned to keep their belongings safe at work following two attempted frauds today.

In Cockermouth, a woman was contacted by someone claiming to be from her credit card company who said her card was being used fraudulently.

She declined to give any information. When she contacted the company from a telephone number off the company’s website, she was told it was a scam.

When she went to check her credit card, she discovered her purse had been stolen.

Another incident was reported by a woman in Aspatria, with similar circumstances.

Police are appealing for people to ensure that their belongings are safe when at work or when out and about.

Anyone who receives calls about their cards being used frequently and has suspicions about the caller, should terminate the call and ring their branch or company direct. Residents are advised to either ring back from another line or wait at least five minutes before doing so as sometimes the suspicious person will not put their phone down meaning they may still be on the line.

Anyone with any information about these incidents can contact Cumbria Police on 101.

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