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Warning on card fraud

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

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CREDIT card holders are being urged not to fall victim to a scam which saw an elderly resident lose £800.

Neighbourhood Watch has issued the warning after receiving a report of an elderly male in Newcastle taking a telephone call from a male with a foreign accent.

The man who claimed his name was Alan Finn from the Visa Credit Card Fraud Department.

He said he was querying three suspicious transactions for two lap tops and a T-Mobile top-up using his credit cards.

The elderly male became concerned and was advised to cancel his cards.

Following the caller's advice he gave him the last four digits of each of his eight visa credit and debit cards.

He was then advised by the caller not to give his pin number verbally, but to punch out the numbers on his own telephone.

He was then advised for security reasons not to discuss this with anyone and to deliver all his cards to an address in London that same day.

When told that this was impossible the caller said he would arrange for a courier.

The courier, who was an Asian male, arrived within 10 minutes and collected the cards.

By the time he realised this was a scam £800 had been stolen.

Ken Rickard, Neighbourhood Watch Manager, said: "Please be aware of this scam and do not be afraid to end such calls immediately.

"If you think you have been a victim of this type of scam report it immediately to Action Fraud on www.actionfraud.police.uk."

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