Local community warned about telephone scam

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Monday, October 27th, 2014
Local police are warning residents to be vigilant of telephone scams following a recent incident. Speaking to Newry Times, Sergeant Robbie Jeffers, South Down Neighbourhood Policing Team, explained, “Recently a local resident received a call from a male who claimed to be Detective Constable Dave Warren of London Police. “He told the resident that her bank card had been used and large amounts of money had been taken. He advised her not to contact her bank as she could be arrested and advised her to hang up and phone the number on the back of her card to report the fraud. “We believe this is a scam where the phone line is held open and you are tricked into believing you are contacting the bank. Fortunately the resident became suspicious and ended the call. Sergeant Jeffers continued, “All residents should be wary of unsolicited calls – any unsolicited communication or contact from your bank or another company should be checked. Please contact the bank or company in the event that you are approached by phone. “Try and use a separate phone from the one that you have been contacted on as the fraudsters can hold open your phone line. Do not disclose account details or access arrangements with anyone from the bank unless you have contacted them directly. “If you have been approached or have fallen victim to this type of scam you are advised to report this to the bank or company immediately and report the matter to your local police station on the new non-emergency number 101 or in an emergency please phone 999. He added, “Action Fraud can also be contacted by telephoning 0300 123 2040 or by visiting their website at www.actionfraud.police.uk/home.”
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