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Staffordshire police warning: bogus caller in bank details scam

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

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STAFFORDSHIRE police are warning people to be on their guard after a series of bogus phone calls in the north of the county this week.

Officers received four reports yesterday, April 23, from people in the Staffordshire Moorlands who have been contacted by a bogus official claiming to be a police officer.

During the conversation the man requested bank details from the occupants of the homes, claiming that either someone was in custody,someone had tried to buy items on a bank card or a bank card had been found, and police were investigating the theft of the occupant's details.

"This is a scam," a spokesman said.

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"Fortunately no one has disclosed any personal details and have contacted us. Please be advised police would never ask for bank details over the phone.

"We would like to take this opportunity to remind you not to give out personal details over the phone and never let anyone in your home that you're not expecting and who cannot present ID which can be checked and verified."

People are advised to call the police on 101 if they are suspicious and to remind elderly neighbours and family so they can avoid becoming a victim.

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