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Bogus callers in bank scam

PUBLISHED: 17:53 02 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:01 23 August 2010

POLICE are warning residents not to give out their bank details over the phone following reports of a series of cold-calling scams. The warning comes after Kent Police received reports of a range of financial scams where members of the public are being c

POLICE are warning residents not to give out their bank details over the phone following reports of a series of cold-calling scams.

The warning comes after Kent Police received reports of a range of financial scams where members of the public are being cold-called and asked to provide their bank details.

Scams include asking people to take out paid-for advertising in bogus Kent Police publications and callers claiming to be from legitimate organisations requesting personal bank details.

Detective Sergeant Adrian Brown of Kent Police's Serious Economic Crime Unit said: "We have received reports from across the county of a number of financial scams.

"It appears that these callers are polite and informative. Their professional but persistent attitude is gaining people's confidence to hand over their bank details.

"The key thing to remember is that under no circumstances give your bank details out over the phone or at your front door, no matter how genuine the caller seems. Reputable organisations will not ask for personal details over the phone. Also, genuine companies will not object if you tell them you will be checking they are legitimate and will call them back later.

"Kent Police never calls members of the public or small businesses to take out paid-for advertising in any of their publications."

For further information on how to stay safe from scams visit the Office of Fair trading at www.oft.gov.uk or Consumer Direct at www.consumerdirect.gov.uk or call 08454 04 05 06 for advice

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