Bank card scam targets dementia suffers in Sutton
Telephone scammers have targeted six elderly residents in the last week.
Police are urging residents to be on their guard against bogus telephone callers asking for their bank card details and PIN following calls to elderly and vulnerable residents in Sutton.
The callers say they are from the bank, or the Serious Fraud Office or the police and most of their target victims suffer from dementia.
In all cases they say there is a problem with the victim's bank card, such as fraudulent use, before asking for their name and other personal information.
They then say that they will send a cab to the victim's address to pick up the bank card so they can destroy the old card and arrange a new one to be delivered.
On August 12, an 88-year-old female resident who lives near Woodcote Road had more than £1,000 taken from her account after she received a bogus call from someone pretending to be from her bank.
- If you have been a victim of this crime call police on 101.
- For a list of reputable traders, contact Sutton Council’s Safer Trader Scheme on: www.sutton.gov.uk or call 020 8770 5070 for details.
- For advice on rogue traders contact Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06 or visit: www.citizenadvice.org.uk/index/consumer_service.
- You can also report fraud either online or over the telephone to Action Fraud on: 0300 123 2040 or online: www.actionfraud.police.uk.
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