warning as phone scammers con Berrow pensioner out of cash
elderly resident in Berrow has this week become the latest local
person to fall victim to telephone scammers, prompting a new warning
from the police.
are urging residents to be alert to phone scams which involve
unexpected requests for money by telephone or for bank card details.
the past year, many victims of the scam have been persuaded to
part with thousands of pounds of cash in the Burnham area.
Burnham police spokeswoman told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week:
"An elderly resident in Berrow is the latest to be subjected
to the scam. She has passed her details to the phone operator
to take payment of £84.99."
need to make other residents aware that this is happening again
and to be extra vigilant."
say there are some simple, but effective, measures that people
can take to minimise the risk of becoming a victim of these scams:
Never give anyone your bank card or divulge your pin number.
If in doubt call either your bank or the police, but dont
use the number that you are given by the caller.
Before you make the call, either use a different telephone
or wait for a dialling tone to ensure the bogus callers are not
still on the line.
you have any information about any financial scams or suspected
crimes, or you wish to report that you have become the victim
of a financial crime, you can contact the police's Action Fraud
line on 0300 123 2040.