Americans are being warned of a new telephone scam which is currently sweeping the United Kingdom and could be set to hit the United States.
CPR Call Blocker, makers of the best-selling robocall blocker for landline device in the US and the UK, is urging the public to beware if they receive a call from an apparent police officer telling you that your bank card has been cloned or that money has been taken from your account.
The scam, which has been conning people across the UK, involves the ‘police officer’ then asking the victim to either hand over their bank details, transfer funds or withdraw cash for collection.
Chelsea Davies, CPR Call Blocker Business Development Manager, said: “In our experience of working across the US and UK, scams spread quickly across the pond so it is sensible for people in America to be on their guard as we have no doubt that fraudsters operating in the US will soon start using these tactics.
“It’s important to remember that police officers and bank officials will never ask you to withdraw or transfer money or hand over private banking details. We ask that friends, relatives and neighbours of seniors help us spread the message to prevent anyone falling victim to this scam.”
Advice to prevent you becoming a victim of bogus calls:
Hang up if you ever have any doubts about someone who has called you.
Ensure the line has been terminated before making any further calls. You can tell if the dial tone is present or by using another phone.
Never give out your PIN number, banks will never ask for it.
Never give bank cards to anyone at your door, even if they say they’re from the bank.
Ms Davies continued: “In the meantime, if you suspect you may have compromised your account, contact your bank or card provider as soon as possible. It also advisable to check your bank and card statements regularly for unauthorised charged as a matter of course.”