Police are warning residents in Winchester to remain vigilant following incidents involving fraudsters attempting to obtain bank details over the phone.
On Thursday, March 12 police received two reports of incidents in the Winchester area where residents were contacted by someone pretending to be from the police and claiming they had arrested someone in relation to criminal activity with the bank account.
A 76-year-old man from Littleton received a call from a man claiming to be a police officer from Hammersmith Police. He said he had arrested a man called Bailey, and then asked if he had his Visa card to hand. He then said the victim needed to phone his bank. At this point, the victim realised it was a scam, and hung up the phone without giving the offender any of his personal information.
The same day, a 75-year-old man at an address in Colden Common received a similar call from a man giving the same information and asking for him to call his bank. The victim hung up the phone and did not give any personal details.
On Friday, March 13 a 63-year-old woman living in Winchester received a phone call from a man using the same scam. He asked her for her PIN and other personal information. The woman refused several times, and the man eventually hung up on her.
People are reminded to protect themselves using the following advice:
- Never give out any personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
- If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up the call and advise that you will call them back using the 101 number. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check. Call them back from a different phone if possible or wait at least 10 minutes before making the call.
- If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank up to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
- Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.
- If someone comes to your door claiming to be a police officer or staff member, always ask for identification and make a note of their identification number. Ask them to wait while you verify their identity. Close the door and call 101.
“A number of residents in the Winchester area have been contacted by a man claiming to be from Hammersmith Police saying that they have arrested someone and asking if they had their Visa card to hand. The caller then advises the victim to call their bank. At this point, this is where the fraudster would stay on the line and when the victim calls the bank, they would pretend to be their bank and obtain personal information which could lead to the loss of money. We want to warn residents that these requests are not genuine and that no police officer or bank would act in this way. Anyone who recieves a suspicous call is urged not to give any details to the caller, and to report the matter to the polcie immediately.”
We are appealing for help to find Harry Went.
Family and friends are concerned about the welfare of the missing teenager, aged 16.
Harry left a family meal at a restaurant in High Street, Winchester around 4.30pm yesterday, Sunday March 15 and hasn't been seen or heard from since.
Harry is described as white, 5ft 10ins, slim build, auburn hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a thin cotton long sleeve top which is grey / pale blue in colour, grey slim fit jeans and grey/blue coloured Nike cotton trainers. He is carrying a HEAD rucksack which is blue in colour.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Cass at North Walls police station on 101.
"Harry, if you are reading this, please get in touch with us. You're not in trouble. We're concerned for you and want to talk to you to make sure you're ok. If anyone else has spotted Harry, particularly in the Winchester or Andover area, or knows where he is, please let us know."
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Hiroshige's master series, Fifty-three stations of the T?kaid? Road, which was first published in 1833, is a depiction of the journey between Kyoto and Edo, the former name of Tokyo.
Known to have been an influence on other artists such as Monet and van Gogh, the series showcases Hiroshige's typical strong outlines, unusual compositions and flat expanses of bold colour.
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People reported feeling the shockwaves as far away as Newbury and Bournemouth, but the epicentre of the quake was at Winnall near Winchester.
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