residents warned to be vigilant for telephone scam
have this week warned people in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be on
their guard following an incident in which a 74-year-old woman from
Somerset was duped out of £45,000 by a bogus bank worker who
had called her.
woman had been called by someone claiming to be from her bank.
said that her bank account had been compromised and they needed
to transfer her savings to a 'safe account'.
were, he claimed, carrying out investigations into employees at
her bank who were under suspicion of criminal activity.
spokesman explains: "She was asked to make up a password (which
she could use when the caller contacted her), provided her with
details of a new account number and asked her to make up a cover
story in case she was quizzed by staff at her bank when she transferred
went into the bank on 2nd February and made the transfer and was
called to confirm the money had been transferred into the new 'safe'
account. Further similar transfers were made on 3rd and 5th February."
her son phoned her and she explained what had happened he immediately
spotted it was a scam and contacted Police."
are currently investigating the incident and working with the womans
is possible that other people in the Avon and Somerset force area
may have been victims of a similar scam and lost money. We would
like to hear from them and would urge them to contact us, quoting
advice to avoid becoming a victim of telephone scams:
Dont ever give your PIN number to anyone over the phone
whether they claim to be a police officer or from your bank. This
information will NEVER be requested over the phone.
Always check with your bank that they have called especially if
you are asked to set up aa new account over the phone.
If there is mention
of criminal activity call the Police.
If you get a suspicious
call, when you put the phone down, leave it for a few minutes before
calling your bank or the police - the phone may be compromised/or
the line held.
It is advisable to use a different phone (mobile or a neighbours
phone) to check the validity of the call.
The fraudsters can be very convincing and manipulative and will
try to pressurise you to transfer money into a different account,
withdraw large sums of money and pay non-existent fees.
Dont be misled.
If any doubt put down the phone and speak to your neighbour/call
your bank/call the police.