Newcastle Police Warn To Be On Guard About Telephone Fraud

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Police in Newcastle are reminding members of the public to be on their guard for people attempting to scam them out of money.

The warning comes after a recent report of a telephone scam where a person purporting to be from a financial institution asked a local resident to remove their money from their bank accounts due to possible fraudulent activity.

dn_screenThe caller was able to confirm some of the resident’s details which made him sound genuine,however, local police were made aware of the call and are treating the incident as attempted fraud.

Police would encourage everyone to ensure they don’t give out personal details over the phone to unsolicited callers.

If you are unsure of a caller or feel that something is not right then ask for details to ascertain their identity. Ask where they are phoning from, where they have got your details from and where they have obtained your telephone number. Ask them if there is a number you can phone them back on or if there is another representative from their company that you can contact.

Legitimate companies won’t have a problem with you calling them back. Never give your personal or bank details details over the phone to an unsolicited caller.

Police would encourage anyone who receives a call of this nature to terminate the call and contact police. If a caller display is available, note the incoming number and give it to police- this will help trace the origin of the call.

Police can be contacted on the non-emergency number 101.

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