Phone scam - Public asked to be vigilant

Alert message sent 01/11/2019 15:38:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

We are reminding the public to remain vigilant after a recent report of a telephone scam in the Bratton area, near Devizes.
The caller claimed to be a police officer wanting to come round and check the residents home security.

Luckily the resident, who was an elderly woman, knew to end the call if she had any suspicions.  As she put the phone down the caller was heard to ask “but why don’t you want me to come?”  Understandably this was a very worrying incident for the woman.

Fraudsters like this can be very convincing and persistent and have been known to try to take people’s savings.

If you receive a call from anybody purporting to be from the police, bank, or any organisation you did not call, please take a telephone number and then put the phone down.  Go and make a cup of tea or do something for five minutes (this stops any fraudster from keeping your phone line open) then call a trusted friend, relative or Wiltshire Police on 101 and tell them what has happened.

Never transfer money or give the caller access to your banking details or cards.  The bank or police would never ask you to do this.

We are also appealing for families to talk to each other, especially elderly relatives, to raise awareness of this type of crime.

Further details about courier fraud can be found on the Action Fraud website
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Katrina Fleet (Police, Communications Officer, Wiltshire)

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