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Warning: bogus official/scam alert

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

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Please be aware that police received around five reports on Wednesday 23rd April from people in the Staffordshire Moorlands who have been contacted over the telephone by a bogus official claiming to be a police officer from either the West Midlands Police, Staffordshire Police or Metropolitan Police.

These incidents have occurred in Cheadle, Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook, Boundary and Caverswall areas.

Another call was received by a person living in Stone.

During the conversation the offender requested bank details from the occupants of the homes, claiming either that someone had been arrested and was in custody and their bank card had been cloned or that someone had tried to buy items on a bank card and police were investigating the theft of the occupants details.

The offender either asks for the details from their bank card or will tell the person they need to hang up and call their bank and give the details.

The offender then leaves the line open and will pretend to be the bank in order to gain bank card details. This is a scam.

Fortunately no one has disclosed any personal details and rightfully contacted the police.

Please be advised police would never ask for bank details over the phone.

Although most of the persons caught up in this scam are elderly it is not just the elderly that fall victim to it.

PC 5242 Dave Stubbs from Cheadle Police 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 cannot present ID which can be checked and verified.

No Police Officer will ask you for bank details over the phone and these should not be given out to anyone.

Call the police on 101 if you are suspicious and please remind elderly neighbours and family so they can avoid becoming a victim.

If anyone else feels they have been a victim of this scam them please report it to Staffordshire Police on 101.

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