warning as phone scammers target Burnham residents again
more elderly residents in Burnham-On-Sea have been targeted by
telephone scammers this week, prompting a new warning from the
are urging residents to be alert to phone scams which involve
bogus 'police officers' telephoning people and trying to persuade
them to provide bank card details, before sending 'couriers' or
'colleagues' to collect the cards.
have several incidents in Burnham-On-Sea this week where elderly
residents received a call on their landline from someone purporting
to be from either the police or a bank.
one occasion one victim was asked for their PIN number and told
that an officer was en route to collect their card.
a second occasion, the victim was asked to withdraw a considerable
amount of money from their account and await further instructions.
Kirstie Cogram, Manager of the Economic Crime Group at Avon and
Somerset Police, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The police and
the banks will never ask you for banking details or PIN numbers
on the phone."
they would never send a so-called courier to collect
bank cards or money or ask you to withdraw cash. The victim who
has handed over her bank card and pin number has sadly lost a
considerable amount of money."
the second case this week, I would like to praise bank staff who
prevented their customer becoming a victim of crime. Their suspicions
were raised and they alerted police."
important to reiterate the more we talk about this scam, the more
people are made aware of it and the less likely they are to become
victims. Please spread the word to your relatives, neighbours,
colleagues and friends, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable."
you are unsure of anyone asking you for details, we would advise
you to be overly cautious."
in the area, several victims of the scam have been persuaded to
part with thousands of pounds of cash.
say there are some simple but effective measures 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.