Police warn of phone card scam

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Police have issued a further warning to be vigilant against fraudsters after elderly residents were targeted in a courier scam.

Stamford is the latest area to bit hit by the scam, which has spread across Lincolnshire in recent weeks. Those behind the scam target the elderly and try to get their bank card details and pin numbers.

The latest reports both came on Monday when two Stamford residents were victims of the scam.

Sector inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, Mike Burnett, said: “This is a sophisticated scam which, tragically, can often affect the elderly and more vulnerable members of our community.”

Those behind the scam first call their victims pretending to be from the police or a bank. They claim someone who has the victim’s credit card details has been arrested. The caller asks for confirmation of the victim’s card details and pin and promises to send a courier to collect the card to be destroyed.

A 71-year-old Stamford man was hit by the scam on Monday. He handed his cards to the fake courier, only later becoming suspicious and calling his bank. By then £900 had been taking from his accounts.

An 81-year-old Stamford man was also targeted on Monday but did not give his details to the caller, instead telling them to report it to Stamford police station. He then called police himself.

Another caller was reported on March 18 in Bourne.

Insp Burnett said: “The scam can take people by surprise because, understandably, if someone pretending to be from your bank rings you and tells you there is fraudulent activity going on that involves your account then of course you want to stop it as soon as possible.

“But we are asking people to remember that a genuine employee of your bank will never ask you for this information over the phone, nor will they ever send someone to collect your cards.”

Call police on 101 if you believe you have been targeted by the scam.