Over the past couple of days there have been several reports of fraud occurring, predominantly in the North Somerset area but it is possible that this will occur in other parts of Somerset.
persons appear to be targeted with a phone call. The caller purports to be
from the police and indicates there has been a problem with the use of their
bank card. The caller asks the victim to call them back and gives a
number. The end result of this is that a number of people have so far been
conned out of several thousand pounds - each.
Police are investigating
this matter however your assistance is also requested:
(a) to encourage
anyone subject of such a matter in the last few days to contact the police
immediately - using the 101 number.
(b) to encourage residents receiving an
unsolicited call from someone alleging to be from the police to take care.
If they ask you to call them back on a number please do not do so. The
number for the Avon and Somerset Constabulary switchboard is 101 and this is the
number that should be used if anyone is subject of this type of telephone
If you have information about any crime, phone the
police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity
CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood
Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk