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Police warning over bank cards

Sutton Police are asking local groups to warn residents about a scam involving bank cards.

The scam involves vulnerable residents being contacted at their home by telephone from a caller pretending to be from their bank. The caller will say that there is some kind of problem with their bank cards. The resident is asked for their PIN number and told that a ‘courier’ will come around to collect their old bank cards before new cards can be issued.

During September two residents – one aged 87 and another aged 72 – lost a total of more than £8,000 after their cards were collected and then used to make withdrawals and purchases.

Police advise residents not to reveal their bank details or PIN to anyone including their bank. If you are called by someone who asks for these, hang up and use a different line to report the call to police on 101 or allow at least five minutes for the line to automatically clear.