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Alert message sent 08/01/2020 15:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Devon and Cornwall Police

From Inspector Antonia Weeks

Exmouth Police are warning residents to stay vigilant following an increase in reports of scam phone calls across the country.

Victims are being called on their phones by bogus police officers and bank officials asking them to withdraw cash, purchase goods (sometimes in the form of vouchers) or provide bank cards and PIN numbers for collection by a courier. The fraudsters will often ask the victims to call back on 999, 101 or 161 to verify that they are genuine, however this is part of the scam. They keep the line open so that the victim continues to speak to the fraudster believing they are genuine Officials.
It’s important to remember that Police Officers and Bank Officials will NEVER ask you to withdraw money, purchase goods or hand over private banking details. NEVER give out your PIN to anyone, not even your bank.

If you get an unexpected phone call from someone wanting to talk about money of finance don't be afraid just to hang up. You can contact your bank in person at another time.
You can opt out of many cold calls by registering for free with the Telephone Preference Service on 0845 070 0707.

Fraud advice can be found on the Devon and Cornwall Police website.

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Antonia Weeks (Police, Sector Inspector, Exmouth and Ottery St Mary)

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