Home   Sevenoaks   News   Article

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.

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Follow us

Like Us on Facebook

Most popular

Kent Travel News

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More