Police warn public after scam attempt


Police are warning the public to be vigilant after a local resident was targeted by fraudsters.

The man received texts, allegedly from Nationwide Building Society, saying he had been granted a mortgage.

“The text messages were followed by a phone call from a person who claimed to be from Nationwide and asked for details to be provided in order to process the mortage,” said Constable Sara Clements.

“Fortunately the resident refused and contacted Nationwide who were able to confirm that the contact had not come from them and notified their fraud department.”

Locals are being warned never to give out personal or financial details to unknown callers.

Said Constable Clements: “Legitimate companies and banks will never ask for your full PIN and password online, never telephone you to ask for your banking PIN and password. Telephone calls asking for these details will not be from the bank or company.

“Any unsolicited communication or contact from your bank or another company should be checked. Contact the bank or company . . . try and use a separate phone from the one you have been contacted on as the fraudsters can hold open your phone line and trick you into believing you are contacting your bank.

“Do not disclose account details or access arrangements with anyone from the bank unless you have contacted them directly.”

Locals are advised to report any approaches to the bank or company immediately and to police on the non-emergency number 101.

Action Fraud can also be contacted on 0300 123 2040 or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk/home.”

Further advice from your Crime Prevention Office on 101.