Fenland residents warned about phone fraudsters

Credit Card fraud scam. Fraudsters are getting people to reveal their credit card details over the phone and then using them for purchases. December 21st 2013 E52029P ENGPNL00120140601122333
Credit Card fraud scam. Fraudsters are getting people to reveal their credit card details over the phone and then using them for purchases. December 21st 2013 E52029P ENGPNL00120140601122333
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A campaign is warning Fenland people to be on their guard over scam phone calls.

July is Scam Awareness Month, co-ordinated by the Citizens Advice Bureau and supported by Cambridgeshire County Council. This year’s theme is Don’t Be Rushed, Don’t Be Hushed.

Scams can come in many forms and telephone scams are another way that fraudsters con people out of their hard-earned money.

The calls can sound convincing and professional, often claiming to represent your bank or the police, or a business.

Fraudsters will pressure people to divulge personal information including bank details, bank card PIN or address. They may pressure people to act quickly because they want to trick you into believing a bank account is at risk or a golden opportunity is being missed.

The county’s acting head of supporting businesses and communities, Aileen Andrews, said: “Never give out your bank details to anyone over the phone even if they say they are from your bank or the police.

“Every year many people fall victim to fraudsters intent on stealing their personal and financial information and conning them out of their cash.

“So many people suffer scams in silence – just five per cent are reported and during Scam Awareness Month we really want to encourage these people to get the help they need.”

As well as being on their guard, there are some steps residents can take to protect themselves like registering with the telephone preference society and using a product to block telephone calls. For further advice contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06.