Monday, 11 December 2017.

Stay alert to scammers

5 December, 2017

Kent Police are warning people to stay alert to scammers, particularly in the run up to Christmas as parcel deliveries become more frequent and high value items are involved.

Elderly and vulnerable people are seen as easy targets for criminals. One scam, which has been used in recent weeks, has been tried a number of times:

A police spokesman said: “A phone call was received on a landline (late November) from scammers saying they were calling from a bank – they did not specify which – and this was not questioned.

“The caller said he was conducting an internal investigation into bank staff and the victim was to tell no one they were assisting with the investigation. He said counterfeit money had been put into accounts and the victim was to withdraw two separate sums on consecutive days.

“Once withdrawn he would ring them and check random numbers on some of the bank notes to determine if they were the ones they had introduced and were circulating in the system. The victim was told a courier from the bank would collect the money and the bank account would then be re-credited with genuine notes.

“The victim was to leave their phone off the hook when they were communicating so they could not be contacted by anyone and they were to tell no one why they were withdrawing the cash, including the bank staff.

“Cash was withdrawn and the courier, described as male in his 20s and of Mediterranean appearance, collected the cash the same day. Needless to say the money was not re-credited.”

Please be aware of any attempts to obtain cash in similar circumstances not just for yourselves but for your family, friends or neighbours.

More information about scams can be found by visiting www.scamwatch.uk. You can report any scam calls to Aylesham  PCSO Emma Carmichael by phoning 101 and leaving a message.