Dorset Police keep £1m out of fraudsters hands

Dorset Police keep £1m out of fraudsters hands

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:05am 18th September 2019.

Local banks have teamed up with Dorset Police to prevent scams across the county.

168 alerts were sent to Dorset Police in the year to August 2019.

Of those, 37 transactions were found to be genuine and 131 required further investigation.

As a result £979,912 was kept out of the hands of fraudsters.

In August alone, the scheme intercepted suspected scams relating to £51,000.

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Banks will never send someone to collect your bank cards from your address.

'Who's the target?'

The average age of people being targeted by scams was 72. Most frequently they were contacted by rogue traders, romance scammers and phone calls requesting a bank transfer or cash withdrawal.

In romance scams, offenders usually build up trust over a dating site and persuade the victim to transfer money to them over time.

Inspector Phil Swanton, of Dorset Police, said:

"We recognise the impact these offences can have on victims and it is encouraging that through this scheme we have been able to prevent a significant amount of money being handed over to fraudsters.

"We continue to work to prevent vulnerable people from becoming victims of fraud and urge anyone who believes they have been targeted by a scam or has concerns for a relative to contact police.

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"I would remind members of the public that banks will never send someone to collect your bank cards from your address, ask you to go to the bank and withdraw cash or ask for your PIN over the phone. They will also never call and ask you to transfer money from one account to another.

"If someone calls claiming to be from your bank and you have doubts over their validity, we advise that you ask for their name, hang up and then call your bank directly."

'How does the police scheme work?'

The banking protocol scheme's using trained bank staff to spot when someone's about to fall victim to a scam.

The bank's able to prevent them withdrawing cash or transferring it to a fraudster. The police are then notified.