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Bank card scam targets 25 households, police warn

PUBLISHED: 15:25 16 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:27 05 October 2010

THREE men are being questioned by detectives investigating a debit card scam in which 25 addresses have received phone calls claiming to be from the bank. The callers say they're from the bank's fraud department who tell the victims their credit cards "have been subject to fraud" and a courier would be along to collect them

THREE men are being questioned by detectives today (Tuesday) investigating a debit card scam in which 25 addresses in East London have received phone calls claiming to be from the bank.

The callers say they’re from the bank’s fraud department and tell victims their credit cards “have been subject to a fraud.”

Their cards are “required urgently” and a courier would be coming to address in next few minutes to collect them. A courier then turns up on the doorstep.

PIN CODE

Victims taken in by the scam then receive a further call claiming the fraud is “worse than first thought” and the bank needs to check the PIN code over the phone—the tricksters then have the credit cards and codes to go with them.

“People should be on their guard against anyone attempting such a deception,” said a police spokesman at Bethnal Green.

“They should take details if they receive calls from anyone claiming to be from their bank, then call their bank back on a number they know to be correct.”

Detectives are appealing for anyone who has been victim of the scam who hasn’t yet reported it to contact CID on 020-8217 4183.

Three men have been arrested overnight in connection with the investigation and have been bailed for 12 weeks, police have confirmed.

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