POLICE WARNING ON TELEPHONE FRAUD

Police have issued a warning on telephone fraud, after receiving two reports of attempted fraud in the Crewkerne area. In both incidents no cash was taken but Police are concerned that there may have been other victims, who have not reported the incidents to them. The victims were contacted by callers purporting to be from Lloyds Bank and advised there was a problem with their bank debit card and they would be sending someone to collect the bank cards and that a replacement card would be delivered by courier to their home address.

In the first incident, the bank card was collected and PIN number provided but fortunately the victim realised their error and alerted their bank. In the other reported incident, someone visited the victim who refused to hand over their card. A spokesman for Avon & Somerset Police said: “In both incidents the bogus caller was wearing a high visibility jacket. We are urging people to be vigilant and on their guard to such calls. Banks will never personally attend a home address to collect or deliver bank cards, important documents and bank details. Personal information including PIN numbers should never be disclosed.” Anyone with information or who has been a victim of an attempted telephone fraud and would like to report it, should call the Police on 101 and quote reference 5219267904.

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