You may recall earlier this month we warned of ‘courier fraud’ scams where fraudsters pose as a police officer or bank official to persuade their often elderly and vulnerable victims to hand over large amounts of cash.
We have been made aware of seven separate instances where people across Cambridgeshire have lost almost £88,000 to courier fraud this month alone.
Please be aware of another new scam that we have been made aware of.
The details of how one local person received the call are below;
I had an automated call telling me that a bank transaction for £600 had been made against my account, and to 'press 1'. I didn't, but checked my account and no such transaction was present. I then phoned the bank fraud department, and they advised that there are THOUSANDS of such calls, mentioning £600, coming in.
ADVICE : ignore the call; do NOT press 1; if in doubt, call your bank.
Second call of the day by an automated scammer call. This time it related to 'your Visa/Mastercard', but the same value £600. Same process - press 1 to stop the transaction.
We have been notified of a telephone scam in which the suspect uses Visa Verification as their cover. The intended victim (IV) received a call on their landline.
The caller stated their name was Christopher Williams and that they were from Visa Verification. The caller asked to speak with the wife of the IV (so the caller already knew the name and telephone number prior to calling). Neither the IV or his wife have a Visa bank card so alarm bells sounded immediately.
The caller confirmed the card in question was in the name of the intended victims wife.
The caller wanted to confirm that the following transactions had indeed been made by the intended victims wife using the Visa card.
Netflix £17 for 1 year
John Lewis £37
Argos for £40
Of course they hadn’t because they don’t have a Visa card.
The call was terminated.
The IV then dialled 1471 and noted that the suspect number had a local STD code of 01223, the number was dialled but unavailable. The number displayed on the phone does not necessarily mean it is genuine. It is most likely a very different number that originated from over the internet. The IV called Visa Verification on a UK number 0800 891725.
They confirmed that Visa would never ring a customer in such circumstances. They also confirmed that they were aware of this type of scam.