Police issue cold caller scam warning

Police have issued a warning over scam phone calls claiming to be from a well known telecoms firm.

Friday, 28th April 2017, 2:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:54 pm
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Officers are concerned the caller, who claimed to be representing BT, was attempting to gain access to a resident’s bank account.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We have had a report from a resident that they have received a call from someone stating they were from BT Broadband and that their computer was being hacked.

“They advised that if remote access was allowed they could stop it.

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“Questions were then asked about the residents bank and whether they did Internet banking.

“It appears that this is a scam in an attempt to get access to a bank account.”

Police have simple, clear advice for those worried about giving away bank account details or other sensitive information.

A spokesman said: “ Never give any personal details to cold callers or allow access to your computer.

If you believe you have been the victim of a scam you can call Citizens Advice 0345 404 0506 or Action Fraud 0300 123 2040. Alternatively contact Lancashire Police on 101 or call 999 in an emergency.