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Be aware of telephone fraudsters claiming to be from the banks

By Bewdley Town Council Bewdley Town Council

Thursday, 30 April 2020

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Be aware of telephone fraudsters claiming to be from the banks

West Mercia Police are urging the public to be on their guard and to trust their instincts after fraudsters claiming to be from Lloyds Bank Fraud Department conned one victim out of thousands of pounds (24 April).

As with most criminals and especially fraudsters, the people are cowards and they target the vulnerable and the elderly, as in this case.

These scams are very elaborate and very cruel. These are very clever and very convincing criminals who pretend with confidence that they are from the police, your internet service provider, government and in this case, your bank. They are able to obtain your personal details and enough information, before calling you and without you realising, to convince you they are legitimate. They are not.

Typical telephone bank fraud to be aware of -
• Email or text received containing a link purporting to be a service provider, such as internet, mobile phone etc.
• Victim clicks the link and goes through to a website, which appears legitimate
• Victim enters details onto web page as per the instructions. Fraudsters are able to see what is written on the page by using screen mirroring techniques
• Fraudsters conduct research on the victim from details already obtained, including email address, bank details etc... this can be done on social media
• Calls are then made to the victim, questioning a suspicious transaction which has not happened and suggesting the account may be compromised.
• Fraudster uses information given to build trust with the victim, this will be the information obtained during their research
• Fraudster then gives instructions for how to cancel the alleged fraudulent activity, when in fact, they are transferring the money to a different account, under the fraudsters control

We would ask the public to talk to elderly relatives or neighbours and to tell them what to be aware of. Remind them that no legitimate bank, building society, police officer, or business will ever phone you to ask you to give them your card, your PIN, or transfer your cash."

If you get a phone call like the ones described, hang up immediately - do not provide any personal details or hand anything over. Ensure the line has cleared before dialling out, use anther phone if necessary and report to 101 or Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or 0300 123 2040.

If you need some support from your bank or building society, go to your local branch or phone them on the correct number in your statement (not one a mystery caller gives you, as this is likely to be part of the scam).

Important note

If the crime is still in progress, because for example, you have recently provided bank details or handed over cards or cash, or the caller has arranged for someone to visit your address to collect items, then you should call the police to report this on 101. In an emergency dial 999.

Crime prevention can found on the West Mercia Police website, for further details please visit the Crime & Safety section https://www.westmercia.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/personal-fraud/door-to-door-courier-fraud/

Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Stay home. Stay connected. Stay Cyber Aware.
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware/home

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