Sep 20, 2013

Bottesford NHW Alert: 30 targeted in banking scam

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Around 30 people have reported to Leicestershire Police that they have been targeted in a new scam that has hit people across the country.

At least five people have lost money, while the others spotted something was going wrong before the fraud was completed.

The fraud involves phone calls to the victim by someone claiming to be a worker at their bank, or a police officer. The caller says that there have been irregularities with their bank accounts.

The potential victim is invited to hang up, phone their bank, and then the "bank" arranges for a taxi courier to come and collect their bank cards.

In fact they never get through to their own bank. The fraudster doesn't hang up, which means the line stays open. He or she then passes their phone to a colleague, who poses as a worker at the victim's bank. This second fraudster gives the victim confidence to divulge their passwords and to hand their cards over to the taxi driver.

Paul Wenlock, head of Leicestershire Police's Economic Crime Unit, said: "This fraud has been around in London since 2011, but all the Leicestershire cases have been since August this year.

"Typical losses have been up to £300, but one victim has lost £6,000.

"We are pursuing several lines of enquiry to catch those responsible.

"However, members of the public should be on their guard.

"Banks will never ask you for your passwords. They will never call at your home, and the police and banks will never collect bank cards from you, or ask you for your personal identity number.

"If you receive one of these calls end it immediately, wait five minutes to clear the line – or phone from a friend's house or mobile

"We are also working with taxi drivers and private hire firms. These seem to be being used as unwitting players in these offences, and they could have important information which will help us."

Anyone with information about this fraud should contact Leicestershire Police on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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