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Telephone scam [#219794639]

Officers from the Bewdley neighbourhood team have recently visited a resident in the Bewdley area who was nearly the victim of a phone scam, fortunately the resident suspected there was something not right and did not lose any money.

The scam worked something like:

A call is received from someone citing to be a Police Detective Inspector reporting that an arrest had been made in their force area and the suspect was using credit card details belonging to the resident.   The “Detective” provided a crime number and his identification number in order to add credibility to his story.   All of this was false.

The Detective told the resident that a Sergeant looking into the case would call back and obtain further details.   When the resident gets a follow up call the scammer will ask for specific details about their banking and often look to take control of their online banking and phones.

Police will never ask you for your banking details or money.

If you receive a call of a similar nature as described above, hang up the phone and if possible, use a different line and call either your bank or the police.

Officers urge everyone to be aware of scam phone calls | West Mercia Police