Police warn public of cold-calling scam
Last updated at 11:58, Friday, 04 October 2013
POLICE are warning members of the public about a cold-calling scam taking place in Cumbria.
Two separate incidents were reported yesterday when a member of the public received a phone call, requesting them to ring their credit card company immediately as money had been withdrawn and that they needed to stop it.
The scam works as the person receiving the call will hang up and dial their credit card holder, while the fraudster who is on the other end has not hung up.
The call then goes straight to the fraudster who can attempt to find out the victim’s security details.
Police want to make the public aware that if you are called and the caller does not hang up, the line will stay active for two to five minutes and the call will go to the fraudsters.
The phone calls were made at 11.20pm on October 2 and before 9am on October 3.
On both occasions the caller’s voice was described as a male with a Scottish accent.
Sharon Livesey, South Cumbria community safety officer, said: “We would ask that members of the public take great care when speaking about financial information over the phone.
“If you receive a suspicious call requesting you to contact your bank, we advise you do this by using a different phone and on a number you know to be correct for your bank.”
Anyone who believes they have been a victim is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or alternatively report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
For more information about scams visit www.actionfraud.org.uk.
First published at 11:57, Friday, 04 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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