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Credit cards taken after cold calls

12th October 2010

Police are warning the public to beware after an elderly man was phoned by fraudsters and then had his bank cards taken.

The victim was called twice in the period of a few days by a man who claimed to be from Natwest Bank. The caller said that he was a courier who had been asked to collect the man’s credit cards from his house in preparation for replacement cards being delivered.

The caller was in fact a fraudster, who later arrived at the man’s house and collected the cards. One of the cards was then used to make transactions of almost £10,000.

Be wary of cold callers

This particular fraud happened in Wiltshire, and some residents in Surrey have also reported receiving calls like this. As fraudsters move and change the geographical areas they operate in, all UK residents should also be vigilant about this type of fraud. Any UK resident who has lost money to a fraud like this should report it to Action Fraud.

Wiltshire Police is reminding members of the public to be wary of cold callers and never to give out personal information, regardless of who the person says they work for. Banks and building societies would never make an unexpected call asking for personal information and would never offer a service like the one described in this fraud.

Read more about the credit card scam on Wiltshire Police’s website.

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To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.