Police warn West Dorset residents about bank card scam

POLICE are warning West Dorset residents about a bank card scam which could see them handing over their debit cards to fraudsters.

The con, which has been reported all over the country, came to light locally when a resident from the Beaminster area reported receiving a phone call from a person purporting to be from Barclays Bank, enquiring whether they had received their new debit card.

The resident said “no” and was advised that a courier would call later that day to deliver a new card and collect the old one. The courier arrived and handed over a new card with the resident handing over their existing card. Later that day funds were withdrawn from their account by the scammers.

Bridport PCSO Andy Burdess warned people not to be fooled by the scam.

“Banks only supply new cards on request or when the old card has expired,” he said.

“Under normal circumstances, banks never request expired cards.”

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2:40pm Thu 1 Nov 12

DickDastardly says...

I know the banks squander inordinate amounts of money but even they would draw the line at a personal courier to deliver each and every new bank card!
I know the banks squander inordinate amounts of money but even they would draw the line at a personal courier to deliver each and every new bank card! DickDastardly
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3:52pm Fri 2 Nov 12

hellopotap says...

Got a call from some lady who said my bank account's been suspended due to suspicious activities on my account. Said I should call a certain phone number to connect with the bank's fraud department. But I knew better than to just call that number. I decided to Google it and see what I got? A bunch o complaints at http://www.callercen
ter.com/434-979-1702
.html against the same phone number.

I'm amazed at how desperate can some people get.
Got a call from some lady who said my bank account's been suspended due to suspicious activities on my account. Said I should call a certain phone number to connect with the bank's fraud department. But I knew better than to just call that number. I decided to Google it and see what I got? A bunch o complaints at http://www.callercen ter.com/434-979-1702 .html against the same phone number. I'm amazed at how desperate can some people get. hellopotap
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