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Warning over Surrey bank card fraud in which scammers pose as police officers

Warning over Surrey bank card fraud in which scammers pose as police officers

Published by Josh Kerr at 11:41am 15th July 2019. (Updated at 1:18pm 15th July 2019)

Surrey Police are warning people to be wary after several reports of bogus phone calls from scammers pretending to be police officers.

Residents in villages including Gomshall, Albury and Peaslake have been targeted after receiving calls from a man claiming to be a detective.

He tells them he is from the serious fraud office and that the resident’s card has been used to make a fake purchase.

A false telephone number is then given for the would be victim to call to speak to their bank.

The force added that should the number be phoned then the scammer would have pretended to end the call, but actually keep the line open.

As a result no matter what number was dialled the scammers would still be on the line.

In a statement Surrey Police said:

"Luckily the resident recognised that this was a scam and put the phone down.

"On other occasions the residents have been told that somebody would come round and collect the card.

"THIS IS A SCAM.

"The police will NEVER ask for your bank details, PIN numbers or say they will send a courier to collect your card.

"Please alert your family, friends and in particular your vulnerable neighbours."

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