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9 In Court Following Telephone Scams In Dorset

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10:39am 31st October 2014

Nine people have appeared at Westminster Crown Court in London charged with fraud and money-laundering offences following telephone scams in London and Dorset.

They were arrested following a joint operation in London involving Zephyr – the South West’s regional organised crime unit – and the Metropolitan Police.

The scam involves victims receiving a call from someone purporting to be from their bank, advising them of alleged fraudulent transactions on their accounts. They are then advised to phone the customer services department using telephone numbers from the rear of their cards. No account details are requested.

The victim then hangs up and calls the number as suggested and speaks to a different voice who advises them to make transfers to a newly created account and assures confirmation details will be forwarded.

It appears the initial caller may not be hanging up, keeping the phone line open and the victim then believes they have connected to a legitimate bank number after dialling out.

Detective Inspector Andy Roberts from Bournemouth CID, said: “Offenders are trying to get the victims to withdraw cash and either courier it to an address in London using a local taxi company or transfer the cash to another bank account for "safe keeping".

“No bank or building society employee will ever ask a customer to transfer funds over the phone from one account to another.

“We’d urge people to dismiss any calls they receive like this and report them to police by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Please also pass this information on to friends and neighbours.”

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