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Telephone Scam
February 8, 2017

This is a message sent via Devon and Cornwall Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Devon and Cornwall Police


Message sent by

Shirley Craft (Police, Community Messaging Officer, Devon & Cornwall)

Residents are asked to exercise caution when receiving calls purported to be from your or another Bank: Police received a report of a member of the public being phoned by a Bank to report £400 had been stolen from their account. The caller stated they would receive £400 on top of the recovered monies providing they first withdrew £2000 and purchased £2000 of iTUNE Gift Cards. 

The caller even told them to tell shop or bank staff “It’s presents for the grandchildren” They were told another person would call back requesting the serial numbers of the iTUNE cards and also to scratch off the foil on the rear to reveal a smaller number.  Both sets of numbers would then allow the caller to purchase goods to the value of £2000.  The phone number used was 01424758899, which is registered to Hastings in Sussex, both the callers were described as female and very polite and convincing.

We would ask Recipients of Community Messaging to tell your more elderly and vulnerable neighbours about this message Report any similar incidents to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or online at Thank you

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