POLICE NOTIFICATION OF SCAM

Please find below a note from the police about a Scam to be aware of.

“Police in Leeds are urging residents to be wary of cold callers following reports of bogus calls from Department of Work and Pensions.

An elderly female victim, in her 80s, from Moortown in Leeds, was contacted by someone claiming they were from the DWP stating she owed thousands of pounds.

The caller told her she could pay this off at a reduced rate if she purchases I-Tunes vouchers. The lady bought some vouchers, £500 in total, and they then contacted her by phone and asked her to scratch the panel and give the serial numbers to them.

Enquiries are ongoing in relation to this incident.

Detective Inspector Anne Banks, of Leeds CID, said: “If you receive un-solicited telephone calls from anyone saying they are from a Government agency saying you owe them money which you can pay back by purchasing I-Tunes or other vouchers, please do not buy any – contact the police.

“We ask residents to remain vigilant and not to pass on any personal or bank details to anyone they are not expecting a call from.

“If you are unsure ask for a contact telephone number and for a letter to be sent to you. Never feel under pressure, you are under no obligation to give them personal details over the telephone.

“Make sure you check their identification and if you have any doubts at all about their authenticity ask them to wait while you call the company they claim to work for to verify they are indeed an employee.

“Anyone with any information or concerns is asked to contact the police via 101 or alternatively information can be passed to Action Fraud.”