Police are warning residents to be vigilant following reports of a scam in which fraudsters claim to be from the police.
It follows report of an elderly person in Weedon receiving a phone call at home from a man claiming to be a police officer.
The caller tells the victim that arrests have been made and the men arrested have the victim’s credit card details on them. The caller encourages the victim to call the bank and cancel the card.
However, the caller keeps the phone line open so when the victim calls the bank, the call does not go through. They are instead connected unknowingly straight back to the fraudster.
He pretends to be the bank and asks the victim to give their full card details and key in their PIN. The offender then advises them that a courier will be sent to collect the card.
A courier arrives a short while later and collects the card. The cards are then used fraudulently.
Another five incdients happened in Northampton and the calls were made between 2pm and 8pm on Wednesday.
If anybody receives a call like this, they are encouraged to phone the police from another phone, or call from a neighbour’s phone.
Residents are reminded:
• Your bank will never attend your home
• Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card
• Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN
• If you receive one of these calls, end it immediately
Anyone with information about this incident should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymoysly on 0800 555 111.