BEWARE OF A MONEY SCAM :
Today a home owner received a call from a male saying that her bank owed her several thousand pounds. However before she could receive the refund she needed to go to the Post Office and purchase a “Money Gram” for several hundred pounds to pay for hidden charges and then she was to ring them back when she had got it. The male then rang again and said that they would be in area and would call and collect once she had bought it.
Fortunately the lady concerned thought it was a SCAM and rang the Police on 101 to report it. A police officer attended and no one came to the house, the officer also answered the telephone when it rang again and the caller quickly put the phone down. (The phone calls had come from abroad). THIS IS A SCAM !!
Always be on your guard if you receive a cold call and are asked for any of the following:
- Personal or financial information, eg full name, date of birth, address, passwords, bank details, security numbers etc.
- You are asked to transfer or withdraw money.
- You are asked to hand over your credit / debit card or cash to someone eg a courier who will call and collect it.
The bank or the police will never tell you to take such actions or ask you for financial information. If you are asked to do any of these things, someone is trying to con you!!. If in doubt, call back the organisation/bank on a number you trust, but do it on another phone or leave it at least five minutes before you make the call. This is important because criminals are able to keep the line open for two minutes after you put down the phone, which means you could end up inadvertently talking to the criminal or their accomplice again.