Sherborne Scam Alert

Alert message sent 25/11/2021 14:19:00

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A Sherborne resident has reported they were contacted via telephone by a person claiming to be a Police Officer from Yeovil. The bogus caller claimed that the potential victim’s bank card had been cloned and used in a local supermarket. The bogus caller then instructed the recipient of the call to visit their bank and withdraw £7,000 in cash so that no further funds could be withdrawn from their bank by the person who had the cloned card.

The would be victim was instructed to tell the cashier at the bank that they had recently had building work done if the cashier queried why they were withdrawing such a large amount in cash. The cash was then to be collected from their home by an ‘officer’ as evidence.

Fortunately, the victim recognised this as a scam attempt and reported it to Dorset Police so no money was lost.

Increasingly fraud is becoming more complicated and deceptive, much of which is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people. Fraud can be initiated in many ways, through emails, letters, telephone calls and face to face contact.

A comprehensive guide on fraud prevention, explaining some of the most common scams in existence, ranging from the simple to the sophisticated, providing essential advice to reduce the chances of you being parted from your money, can be found below.

The booklet, The Little Book of Big Scams, is primarily aimed at the elderly and vulnerable in society as they are particularly at risk; but anyone who reads it will benefit. People from all backgrounds and income levels are targeted by scammers - anyone can fall victim to fraud.

The Little Book of Big Scams

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Mark Jones (Dorset Police, PCSO 6269, Sherborne Rural)

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