Police issue warning after Pensioners Targeted in Phone Scam

police issue warning after pensioners targeted in phone scam

Residents in Southampton are being urged to stay vigilant after two elderly residents received scam calls demanding money.

A 73-year-old man from Millbrook received a call on the morning of Thursday, June 2nd. The caller claimed to be from HM Revenue and Customs and told the man that he owed £5000 which he needed to pay immediately or would be arrested.

At first the elderly man thought the call was legitimate as the caller seemed to know details about him but he became suspicious and ended the call.

On the afternoon of Friday, June 3rd a similar call was received by an elderly woman in Lordshill. She called the police and was advised not to give the callers any money.

Police Community Support Officer David Warburton said: “We are issuing this warning in case further Southampton residents receive calls of this nature.

“Often scams like this will target those believed to be vulnerable and easily confused. Requests of this nature are not genuine. If you receive a similar call, do not give any details to the caller.

“If you have elderly relatives, friends or neighbours please make them aware of this scam and remind them not to give any details to unexpected callers.”

People are reminded to protect themselves using the following advice:

Never give out any personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank up to cancel your cards as soon as possible.

Anyone who is concerned about similar incidents should contact police by calling 101.