Phone scams on the increase in Richmond
By Teddington People | Tuesday, October 01, 2013, 21:10
People living in Richmond are being warned to watch out for telephone scams after a big increase in this type of fraud this year and seven cases reported over one weekend in September alone.
The fraudulent calls follow a pattern. In all cases the caller claims to be a police officer investigating a fraud having made an arrest of a person with the cash card in their possession. The phoney police officer then asks the victim for their bank details and / or pin number over the phone and to wait for a courier to collect their card from their home address.
Sometimes the victim is invited to put the phone down and ring back a number they are given so they can check for themselves that it is legitimate, but it is not - the person at the other end of the phone does not put the phone down so the victim is still talking to the scammers.
Cllr Tony Arbour, Cabinet Member for Performance and Community Safety, said:
“There are some despicable members of our society who break the law and go out of their way to cheat the hard working people of this borough out of their money.
“The police and council are aware of the recent increase in phone fraud in the borough and encourage all residents to be vigilant and to report it to the police as soon as you are able.”
Chief Inspector Graham Simpson added:
“The police would never ring up and ask residents to give bank details or any personal information over the phone - do not give any personal details over the phone to anyone no matter how plausible they seem
Members of the public are asked to share the information with their contacts as much as possible emphasising that they should not give out their bank details or cards to anyone.
If you think that you are being targeted as the victim of this type of scam please ring police as soon as possible on 999.