Be Alert To Scam Phone Calls and Courier Fraud

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We are continuing to warn people to be alert to phone calls that we believe are attempts to scam people out of money.

Over the past week we have received reports of residents across the county, including in Chippenham, Devizes and Warminster, receiving phone calls from men posing as police officers and requesting bank details.

The ‘officer’ is reported as saying that they have arrested a man, have him in custody, and now need assistance with some kind of fraud investigation.

They then asked questions about bank details and in some circumstances have asked people to withdraw sums of money.

Please be assured that police officers (and banks) will never cold call residents in this way and ask for card or bank details.

Also, police officers will not ask you to pay fines over the phone, will not ask you to transfer money or cards and will never ask you to withdrawn money as part of their investigation. If you receive a call of this nature hang up immediately.

Please could we ask that you talk to your elderly relatives or neighbours so they are aware of this scam and if you think they have fallen victim, please call us immediately on 101.

Alternatively call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

They also have a useful website with tips on how to spot and avoid fraudsters: www.actionfraud.police.uk

If you have any information that could help with enquiries into these particular scams, please call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.Email tracking gif

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Siobhan Stayt (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)