060418 Police warn against telephone scams

The following is a Police Connect message.

Police are reminding residents to be alert for telephone scams following reports that a number of residents have been contacted recently by a caller claiming to be a Metropolitan Police officer.

Fraudsters are typically stating that they have a suspect in custody that has a number of credits cards with their details on. The caller then asks the person on the telephone to confirm their credit card details over the phone.


Residents should remember the following:

Your bank or the police will never ask you to withdraw money or purchase items.

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.
 
For advice on keeping yourself safe against scams, please visit:
https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z
Alternatively, report incidents of fraud to Action Fraud using their online reporting tool http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 1232040.
 
You can also sign up to the Trading Standards weekly email alert on rogues and scams targeting Suffolk at
www.suffolk.gov.uk/JoinTheFight


Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us 

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.


Police Connect Team





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