Police are urging people in Southend to be vigilant against telephone fraudsters.
A number of reports have been received from residents saying they`ve had calls from someone claiming to be from their bank.
They then tell the victim their accounts have been hacked and ask for their pin numbers.
The bogus callers quote the victim’s name, bank details and address in an attempt to validate the call and claim that their bank accounts have been hacked and the victim needs safeguarding. They then tell the victim to give their bank cards and PINs to a member of staff who will attend their home address to collect them. Within minutes the suspects attend the property and withdraw money from the victim’s accounts.
Police or bank officials would never call you by telephone you and ask for your full bank details or ask you to withdraw large sums of cash.
If you think you have been a victim, call police from a different number.
If you don t have another phone, use a neighbour s, or wait five minutes before dialling 101 or 999 (if urgent).
Letters and bank statements contain sensitive information and should be shredded before being discarded.
Currently elderly victims are being targeted so we are asking people to share this advice with elderly relatives, friends and neighbours.