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Spalding couple fall for bank scam

News from the Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian, spaldingtoday.co.uk, @LincsFreePress on Twitter

News from the Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian, spaldingtoday.co.uk, @LincsFreePress on Twitter

 

Detectives are warning people not to fall for a pre-Christmas bank scam after a couple from Spalding almost lost their cash.

The couple were called on their mobile phone by a man claiming to be from Lloyds Bank who advised them that their bank accounts were no longer secure.

He then advised them that new accounts had been opened for their money to be transferred into after an internal investigation by a member of staff.

During the call on Wednesday afternoon, the man told the couple to phone him back using the number of the bank of their bank card to confirm his identity.

But suspicions were raised when the call went straight through to him and he suggested that the call was intercepted by him by an unknown means.

The couple were then told not to tell Lloyds TSB staff about the matter when transferring money because of the internal investigation.

Fortunately, a relative who worked in a bank was able to freeze the transfer in time.

Recent figures from Financial Fraud Action UK show that one in 25 adults in the UK may have been a victim of this bank scam, known as “vishing,” with 43 per cent of those being adults aged 50 or over.

Anyone with information should call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

 

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