Warning as Preston pensioners targeted by phone scam

Posted on - 14th February, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News



A number of elderly Preston residents have been contacted by fraudsters pretending to be police officers.

Lancashire Police and Trading Standards are warning pensioners in Preston to be on their guard.

A warning posted by Trading Standards officers states fraudsters are calling on landlines claiming to be from your bank or the police.

They will state their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or it is due to be replaced.

The caller will then try to reassure the elderly resident they are genuine by suggesting you hang up and ring back the bank or police. They don’t hang up so when you call back then you are still speaking to them.

After calling back you’ll be asked for your PIN or to type it into the phone keypad. They may also ask for details of other accounts you hold.

Finally they send a scam courier to collect your bank card. And this means they’ve got your name, address, phone number, bank details, card and PIN.

Please share this warning and ensure more elderly Prestonians aren’t conned out of their cash.

You can keep up to date with the scams and warnings from Trading Standards on the Scambuster Stan Facebook page

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