Tricksters target bank details over the phone

Cruel fraudsters targeted nine people in just one day in a bid to trick them out of cash.

Sussex Police have revealed calls were made to nine people across the area last Wednesday by tricksters posing as bank staff and police officers who ask their victims for bank and card details.

But on only one occasion money was handed over by the unsuspecting woman, who gave her details and handed her bank cards over to a courier at her front door along with £200 cash.

The spate of incidents has prompted Sussex Police to remind the elderly and anyone living alone not to be taken in by the scam which sees fraudsters call the intended victim claiming to be from either the police or a bank.

They tell them that their card details have been fraudulently used and they need to act urgently to protect themselves. They suggest they hang up and ring the bank or police back to ensure the call is genuine.

But they stay on the line and pretend to be the police or the bank and tell the intended victim to key in or read out their PIN number before sending 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 spend money.

Detective Inspector Jim McKnight 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 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.”