Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after a Suffolk resident was telephoned by scammers last week.
On Thursday 23 February a female resident in Woodbridge received a phone call from an offender claiming to be a police officer from Ipswich Police Station. They were told that somebody was trying to tamper with her bank account and that he needed to put a stop on her account.
The victim was unsure if she had given the caller her bank details, but on checking with her bank no fraudulent activity has taken place on her account
Residents should remember the following:
· Your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN, bank card or bank account details over the phone – never give these details out.
· If you receive such a call leave the landline for at least five minutes to make an outside call. Fraudsters will keep the line open and have been known to play ring tones, hold music and a recorded message down the phone so the victim believes they are making a call to a legitimate number.
· Use a friend or neighbour’s telephone instead.
· Friends, family, carers and neighbours are asked to spread the word to ensure everyone is aware of this scam and what they should do.
Anyone who believes they have been a victim of fraud should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You can also report a fraud to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk
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Police Connect Team
28 Feb 17
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