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The new phone scam doing the rounds in Cornwall

The new phone scam doing the rounds in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 1:47pm 10th March 2018. (Updated at 9:58am 11th March 2018)

Police in Wadebridge are asking people to stay wary after a number of reports regarding a phone scam.

A warning was issued on Friday evening and describes the bogus callers' strategy of claiming they are phoning from the bank.

Officers are urging people to stay vigilant as the scammers try to convince people to avoid further withdrawals by placing their money in a 'safe account'.

They highlighted that banks will not call unless pre-arranged with a member of staff and to hang up if receiving a cold call of this nature.

A spokesperson for Wadebridge Police said: "Following a number of reports Wadebridge Police are advising people to be aware of bogus phone calls from people stating they are from the bank and contacting them following a transaction where money has been withdrawn from their account.

"They advise them to put their money into an account to avoid further withdrawals they give them the account number to enable them to transfer the monies.

"THIS IS A SCAM Police are advising people not to engage with anyone making a cold call stating they are from your bank but to hang up.

"Banks will not contact you via phone unless it was arranged by yourself with a member of staff".

Advice site Which? has information on how to spot and re[port scams recommends the following advice when dealing with potential bogus callers: 

"The fraudsters are known to encourage people to hang up and call their bank to verify the legitimacy of the call.

"However, a phone line can stay open for up to two minutes so the fraudsters remain on the line and play a dialing tone to trick the individual into thinking they’re calling their bank.

"In fact, the fraudsters are still connected and the individual is not speaking to their bank but is still connected to the scammers.

"To ensure you don’t fall prey to this type of phone scam, remember that in no circumstances would your bank or the police ask you to take such actions. 

"These types of requests will only come from a fraudster."

Information can given anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555111 or by www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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