Warning over scams

RESIDENTS in the High Peak are being warned not to fall for a scam that could see them losing thousands of pounds.

The warning comes after Derbyshire Police received a report of a local couple who had been targeted by scammers over Christmas - claiming to be from their bank and wanting to check their account details because money was going missing from their account.

Once the bank details had been confirmed to the scammers, they were able to access the couple’s account and take money from it.

Now Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, are reminding residents to never give out their security details.

An Action Fraud spokesperson said: “If you receive an unsolicited email or phone call from someone claiming to be from your bank or building society who asks for your security details, never reveal your full password, login details or account numbers.

“Most banks will not approach their customers in this manner.

“If you are concerned about the source of a call, hang up and call your bank on the phone number printed on your bank statements.

“Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of fraud should report the incident to Action Fraud online or call 0300 123 2040.”

A number of other scams currently circulating in the area were also highlighted at a meeting of Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council on Tuesday night.

Cllr Jocelyn Street said: “I’d like to report two scams which have come to my attention. A chap with a very strong Liverpool accent rang up Street Crane, got through to my husband and said he was a policeman collecting money for advertisements to help fund a drug awareness leaflet. We’ve also had an email from people we know which reads like a scam saying they are in the Philippines and everything has been stolen.”

Cllr Peter Harrison added there was another scam which involved emails about slimming diets coming from friends.

Cllr Jim Perkins also highlighted a scam involving Talk Talk customers where they are contacted saying their last bill hadn’t been paid and could they pay by calling a certain number.

PC Andrew Crosthwaite said the scams were all well known and added: “There is a new contact number which the public as well as the police can use. “It’s called Action Fraud and came into use on January 2.

“When we get told of scams the police refer them to Action Fraud and members of the public can also contact Action Fraud with any concerns.”