Telephone fraud

Alert message sent 27/01/2020 12:40:00

Information sent on behalf of Lincolnshire Police

Good afternoon
This is Police Support Volunteer Christina Ivett at Horncastle NPT.

I would like to make you aware of a crime of fraud that took place on 20 January by telephone which resulted in the victim losing over £15,000.

The caller, a male, initially claimed to be from BT but then later said he was from the National Crime Unit and there was a problem with hackers gaining access to the victim’s bank account.  He accessed the victim’s computer and showed her a false bank account and then gained control of the computer.  The victim gave details of bank accounts and sort codes and the caller subsequently transferred fund abroad.  This crime caused considerable distress to the victim.

Never talk about money on the telephone, never give out your PIN number or your bank account details to unsolicited callers.  Hang up the phone. If the caller claims to be genuine, wait ten minutes after you have hung up and check it out using contact numbers you can verify yourself (not the ones given to you by the caller).

Waiting ten minutes gives you time to think, and also ensures your phone is properly disconnected from the last caller

Consider adding call blocker to your telephone to prevent such calls, which are sadly all too common.  
If you experience fraud or scamming resulting in  a loss of money, please report it on Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111.
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Christina Ivett (Police, Volunteer, Horncastle NPT)

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