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Police advice on how to avoid telephone scam

West Mercia Police are now linking three cases in the past 24 hours in which telephone callers have posed as police to trick elderly or vulnerable victims into revealing their bank details.

Your bank and the police will never contact you by phone to ask for this information. Victims should refuse to give any details and end the call immediately.

In addition a police officer calling at your door will carry a warrant card which shows their name, number and a photograph as well as the force they work for.

Genuine police officers will never ask for bank details over the telephone. One simple rule will prevent you from falling for this kind of con and that is to never give bank details to anyone who has called you.

– Spokesperson for West Mercia Police

Police warning of telephone fraud in Worcestershire

West Mercia Police have issued an urgent appeal to be aware of fraud involving bogus officers after a steady increase in incidents in Worcestershire.

Officers are now linking three cases in the past 24 hours in which telephone callers have posed as police to attempt to trick elderly or vulnerable victims into revealing their bank details.

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Pensioner loses hundreds of pounds from scam

A pensioner duped out of hundreds of pounds by a phone con has warned other residents to be wary of thieves posing as police officers.

The 85-year-old from Birmingham handed over his bank card and PIN to "convincing" bogus detectives who called claiming his account had been hacked by card cloners

Protect yourself from courier fraud warn Police

Protect yourself against courier fraud:

1) Your bank or police will never send a courier to your home to collect bank cards

2) Your bank or police will never ask for your PIN number

3) If you receive one of these calls end it immediately.

Elderly 'don't be conned' by scams urge Police

Fraud investigators have reported a surge in reports from residents in the West Midlands who have been stung by a "Courier Scam" which sees tricksters talking vulnerable people into handing over bank cards and PIN numbers.

The scam involves callers posing as police officers and panicking targets into believing their bank account has been hacked and that they need to seize the cards and security details, including PIN numbers, to stop further fraudulent transactions.

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