Police warning about phone scam after man has £6,000 taken - The Leamington Observer

Police warning about phone scam after man has £6,000 taken

Leamington Editorial 1st Mar, 2018   0

POLICE are urging people to be on their guard against a suspected phone scam which saw one man lose more than £6,000.

Callers ring people pretending to be from their internet service provider. They tell the person they have a problem with their computer and offer to repair it.

They then ask to take control of the person’s computer and access their bank account to withdraw money.

Police are investigating one incident, which happened on Tuesday (February 27) evening and saw a man from Southam have more than £6,000 taken from his bank account.

Det Cons Tom Quinlan said: “This is a scam that we have seen before. It is a well known method of defrauding people and obtaining their personal information. We’re urging people to be on their guard.

“Always be suspicious of unsolicited calls; always call them back using a different landline from the one they called on.

“Never call them back on the number provided by the caller as this will be false. Look up a number for the company online.

“Never download software, disclose passwords, or allow someone to take control of your computer as a result of an unsolicited call.

“By taking these simple steps you can avoid becoming a victim. If in doubt then don’t take the risk.”

Visit www.getsafeonline.org or takefive-stopfraud.org.uk to find out more about staying safe online.

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