Beware of Fraudsters Telephoning You

A resident of Braishfield has received telephone calls from a fraudster purporting to be a police officer, who claims that the victim’s credit card details have been stolen.

We have been warned about this by Hampshire Constabulary in a recent crime report.  Here is their advice:

What is the scam?

  • The victim is called by someone claiming to either be from their bank or a police officer and told their bank card has been cloned or there has been suspicious activity
  • They are asked to withdraw a large amount of cash to assist with the investigation or tricked into giving their PIN number and then told to hand over their bank card
  • The fraudster will then arrange a courier private hire company/mini cab driver to attend the victim’s address to collect the card or cash.
What can you do?

  • Ensure you and your colleagues are aware of this scam and remain vigilant if you are asked to attend this type of fare
  • If you have the slightest suspicion about a fare of this nature, do not deliver the package
  • Contact police immediately by phoning 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.