We have received a report of an elderly resident in South Devon being contacted by phone by a scammer purporting to be from their bank.
The cold caller gave the resident a genuine telephone number for the bank for the resident to return the call on and was able to deceive the resident into giving their card details.
Some goods purchased online by the scammer also turned up at the address of the resident the following day.
Please be vigilant and make relatives and neighbours aware of this type of scam, the scammers can be very convincing.
Please hang up on any similar calls, do not give out any personal information and do not follow instructions from cold callers.
Also, if goods are delivered to your address and you haven’t ordered them, refuse to take delivery.
If you have any concerns please email email@example.com or phone 101.
Information on scams can be found on the Action Fraud website https://actionfraud.police.uk/
Before making another call from your phone please test your phone by phoning a friend or relative to ensure that you are not still connected to the scammer.
If you have been a victim of such a crime, please contact us via 101 email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting crime CR/11636/19.