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Cornwall's Scam Calls Revealed
10:09am 8th October 2012
Pirate FM has learnt a Cornish carer was threatened with fines and being blacklisted after refusing to give her bank details to fraudsters.
Helen Matthews got a phone call about debit card problems from someone pretending to work for the government.
She looks after her disabled husband in Camborne and admits she was almost scared into it: "They knew my address they knew my telephone number and they seemed to know quite a lot about me. They then also knew at least four of my first numbers on my card. The whole experience was quite scary."
Helen says she came forward to raise awareness and try to stop other vulnerable families becoming victims.
Helen reported the attempted scam to the Devon and Cornwall Police and Action Fraud, who are urging others to do the same.
Elizabeth Kirk from Trading Standards says: "If you get any call requesting money and it's out of the blue, under no circumstances should you give your bank account details or any other personal information. No genuine government department is going to ask you for that kind of information over the phone."
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