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Residents Warned About Credit Card Scam
Residents and hoteliers in the Cotswolds and Stroud are being warned about a phone scam where members of the public are tricked into handing over their bank details.
Police have been made aware that tricksters are operating in the area obtaining credit and debit card details in order to steal money.
The scam is being conducted in two ways, one of which is by targeting hotels and obtaining a list of clients staying there.
The fraudster then calls the room of the client pretending to be the hotel's receptionist and then asks for credit or debit card details.
In addition to this police have received a number of calls from members of the public who have had their wallet or purses stolen only to be phoned a short time later from somebody purporting to be from the bank asking them for their PIN.
Superintendent Jerry Foster - Turner urged the public to take heed of the warning and added: "This scam is very real and is happening to people in the Cotswold and Stroud area and beyond.
"Thankfully most people have not fallen for it, however, we would like to remind people never to give out their bank details to an unknown source.
"Banks will never ask for your PIN and it should never be given to a third person especially over the telephone."
He also encouraged residents to follow simple crime prevention advice to avoid having their wallets or purses stolen.
"People have been targeted as they have been waiting in doctor's surgeries and we would urge the public to always keep personal items on you at all times.
"If you have a bag make sure it is fastened securely and never leave a wallet or purse in full view or unattended on a table even for a few minutes," he added.
Anybody who has any information on this scam or believes they may have been a victim of it is asked to contact police on 0845 090 1234. It is also advisable to contact your bank immediately and cancel any cards that have been stolen.
: 09/11/2007 17:22:34
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