Councillor warns over phone scam

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A COUNCILLOR is warning High Peak residents to be on their guard after almost falling victim to a telephone scam.

Michael Harrison, Chairman of Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council, received a call to his home this week from a man purporting to be from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Cllr Harrison said: “The caller claimed over 4,000 residents in the High Peak had been affected by a technical problem with their debit and credit cards.

“The man said he was in the process of sending out new cards. He wanted me to cut my cards up there and then, and I suspect he was going to ask me for some personal information. When I refused and said I would visit my local branch, he immediately hung up.”

After contacting the bank and reporting the incident to police, Cllr Harrison added: “It is very easy for people to fall into this trap; I nearly did.”

An RBS spokesperson said: “This is not a genuine call and we would advise our customers to remain vigilant. RBS has stringent security processes in place and we never ask customers to provide their personal account information by phone or email.

“If any customers believe they may have been affected by fraud, they should contact us as soon as possible.”