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Fraudsters pretended to be police in attempted phone credit card scam

By William Janes

Phone fraudsters trying to trick pensioners into handing over credit card details pretended to be police when targeting their victims.

Despite the attempts of the scammers, the two people who received fraudulent calls on Tuesday, March 6 in the Sevenoaks area refused to give out their information and ended the conversations.

One victim, who lives in West Kingsdown received a call from a man claiming to be a detective from Hammersmith police station.

Fraudsters pretended to be police in an attempt to trick their victims. Stock image
Fraudsters pretended to be police in an attempt to trick their victims. Stock image

The caller said that two offenders had been arrested with his credit cards and asked if the victim had lost any

The second victim, who lives in Sevenoaks, was phoned by a man claiming to be an officer from New Scotland Yard.

The caller said a person had been arrested in London with a cloned credit card and asked for their bank details.

Chief Inspector Tony Dyer said; "These residents correctly declined to share any information with the callers and prevented their money being put a risk.

"I am pleased they were able to spot the signs and I would urge anybody who receives a similar call to terminate it straight away."

Police are also advising people who wish to contact their bank in similar situations to use a number for their bank that they know and not one provided by a caller, and to call from another phone or call a friend first to make sure that possible fraudsters are disconnected from the line.

Anyone who has handed over any personal bank details to a fraudster is being told call their bank and cancel their cards immediately.

Police say that they or the bank will never send a courier to your home to collect your bank card or other items and will never ask for cash, valuables, or PIN numbers.

If you feel you have been a victim of courier fraud or know someone who has report it to Kent Police via 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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