BEWARE-BOGUS CREDIT CARD CON

URGENT POLICE WARNING

Police reminding people to remain vigilant following a series of attempted fraud offences in Sedgley this week.

On all three occasions, callers claiming to be from a local police station have contacted elderly residents over the telephone claiming that credit card details have been stolen.

The caller then asked the person to put the phone down and call their bank – only to remain on the other end of the line waiting, ready to then pretend to be a bank worker and steal all of their security details.

Our advice is simple
Your bank (or local or any officer at any police station) will never ask for your PIN.

Never be conned into giving out these details.

The caller may also claim that a courier will call round to collect your card. This is also untrue and if contacted in this way, residents should call 101 immediately.

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Also phone calls coming from people pretending to be another person or representing a company. No matter who they say they are do not give any personal or your banking details. You can find out if the caller is genuine by ringing the companies phone number in the phone book only as the caller will more than likely give you a phone number of their friend who will back them up. Always make sure that when you phone out after such calls that there is a dialing tone as you may be still connected with the caller if there is no dialing tone.

CARD DETAILS SCAM.

The fraudster “cold calls” the victim (victim is usually vulnerable by age) on their landline (whether in possession of the victim’s details or not). One of the current methods is for the fraudster to claim to be a police officer stating they have persons in custody for compromising the victims bank account and claims they need the victims genuine bank cards and pin numbers to progress the investigation.

This Scam is designed to encourage the victim to divulge specific personal information ultimately requesting the victim to provide their PIN. Variations seen are: claiming  to be from the Bank or Visa Fraud Dept and alerting them to an account compromise, offering repair to a faulty card, seeking their cooperation in “catching” a corrupt bank employee etc

Please advise all your family and friends that they should never divulge their PIN number, provide personal data to an unsolicited caller or hand their card to an unknown courier.

SICK SCAM

COMPUTER users are being warned to be aware of a scam in which people are sent emails telling them they may have cancer.

This SCAM/HOAX email, which is thought may have been sent thousands of people claims to be from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and is entitled “important blood analysis result”. The e-mail states that blood test results revealed that they suspected you could have cancer and should contact your GP, as soon as possible. Clicking any links within the email could compromise a computer’s security.

NICE, which is not involved in cancer diagnosis, is advising people that the NHS never sends this sort of confidential information via email, and hoax emails should be deleted without opening.

NICE chief executive Sir Andrew Dillon said: “This email is likely to cause distress to recipients. “This malicious email is not from NICE, and we are currently investigating its origin.

“We take this matter very seriously and have reported it to the police.”

For more information visit nice.org.uk

If seen please contact Dudley Police

Driver, white male aged between 20 years and 30 years with a woollen beanie hat and a local accent, in Blue/Black van with ladders on the roof calls at elderly residents houses claims to have carried out work in their garden and needs paying. This is Fraud as NO work was done. Please notify Dudley police on 101 when seen.