Dyfed-Powys Police are warning people to be on their guard after an increase in reports of attempted scams.
With nearly a dozen reports in just two days – all of those targeted realized it was a scam and hung up – agents fear there are people out there who still don’t realize that they were caught off guard by scammers.
DC Gareth Jordan of Dyfed-Powys Police Economic Crime Team said: ‘We have seen an increase in reports that they have received phone calls from people posing as police and their saying their credit card was cloned.
“We had 11 such calls in two days and they appear to be targeting the Ceredigion area.
He added: “So far no one has reported any losses, but we may only hear from those who agree this is a scam.
“Often the realization of these crimes can occur weeks later – when the criminal has succeeded.”
DC Jordan said the caller told the potential victim that he belonged to the Paddington Police Station or Paddington Green Fraud Specialist Team.
If they call a landline, they tell the recipient to dial 999 to confirm it is the police, but the line is held open by the caller.
The aim is to trick the victim into either giving out their credit card details or possibly having them withdraw money and have it collected by courier (courier fraud).
The police urge you to remember:
- The police will not telephone you or ask you to hand over your debit or credit card details.
- The police will not contact you to tell you that your debit or credit card has been cloned.
- The police or your bank will never ask you to withdraw money or transfer it to another account.
- Also, they will never ask you to reveal your full banking password or PIN.
- Call a family member or friend to make sure the line is free
then call 101 to report to the police.
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