Elderly warned of ‘wave’ of telephone scams by police

Credit Card fraud scam. Fraudsters are getting people to reveal their credit card details over the phone and then using them for purchases. December 21st 2013 E52030P ENGSUS00120131223085509

Credit Card fraud scam. Fraudsters are getting people to reveal their credit card details over the phone and then using them for purchases. December 21st 2013 E52030P ENGSUS00120131223085509

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A ‘current wave of crime’ involving telephone scams has sparked a warning by Sussex Police.

Police are particularly worried about the elderly, vulnerable and those living alone.

Fraudsters have been posing as police officers or bank staff, and telling victims their details have been stolen.

They then tell the victims to call their bank - but stay on the line, and ask the caller for their details and PIN number.

The scammers then send a taxi or courier, who may know nothing about the crime, to collect the bank card. With this and the PIN they will then have full access to the card.

Sergeant Gareth Evans said, “Under no circumstances would the police or your bank request your PIN number over the telephone or arrange collection of your bank cards from your home address in this manner.

“Never give out your bank details to someone who has contacted you on your home phone unsolicited.

“If you have any suspicions, please do not use the phone you have just been called on to contact the police or your bank. If possible use another phone to contact the police to report it, or to contact a friend to relative to alert them. Alternatively, wait for at least half-an-hour before trying to ring.”

Anyone with information, or who has received a call like this, should contact police on 101 quoting Operation Edisto.