West Kent residents warned over phone banking scam

Police are warning residents to be extra vigilant against fraudsters following a number of incidents where offenders have attempted to obtain bank details on the phone.

Posing as police officers, the offenders claim money has been taken from the victim’s bank account and then ask for details of their cards.

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New scam warning

A new scam known as ‘number spoofing’ is being used to trick people into parting with their cash.  Scammers persuade the recipient that they are speaking to an organisation of trust, such as bank, by making a legitimate telephone number appear on the caller ID display. They do this is by cloning the telephone number of the company or organisation they are impersonating and drawing attention to the number shown on the display in order to gain the victim’s trust and confidence and using this as proof of their identity.

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