LISTEN: Newton Aycliffe Pensioner Almost Scammed £5,000

Eddie Taylor and Connie Denham

5:45am 16th February 2017

A pensioner from Newton Aycliffe nearly lost 5 thousands pounds of his life savings to a scam.

80-year-old Eddie Taylor was almost conned, after he received a phone call from someone claiming to be from his bank.

They said that someone was trying to steal money from his account, and therefore he had to transfer 5 grand into a 'safe account'.

He is now calling for others - particularly the elderly - to be aware of these kind of scams.

Eddie tells Star Radio what happened:

He says that writing the wrong card number down by accident saved him from being conned:

He says that he conman sounded very convincing:

And he tells us what else was said:

He says the conman had the same number as his bank:

He tells us why he asked for 5 thousand pounds:

And that the conman rang his wife too:

He tells us what the conman sounded like:

Connie Denham's his daughter in law, and she tells Star Radio her reaction:

She has this message:

She thinks banks should ask if a huge amount of money's being withdrawn:

 

Some warning signs for a telephone scam includes:

Request to transfer funds:

  • This involves a fraudster calling you and posing as your bank or another organisation. The number they are calling from may be 'spoofed' to make it look like it is from your bank or another legitimate organisation.
  • They tell you that you are at risk of fraudulent activity and must transfer your funds into a 'safe account.' 
  • You will often be pressured to act immediately.
  • This 'safe account' is actually the fraudster's account, so your money is sent directly to the fraudster.

Key tips to staying safe and stop the threat of fraud and scams:

  • Never give out your security details like card PIN, password or security numbers. They are personal to you and should not be shared with anyone - not even your bank. They or the police will never ask you for your PINS, passcodes in full or to surrender your card. They would only ever ask you for part of the details, such as the first and fifth letters of the password.
  • Tell your bank when you change your postal address, phone number or email address. 
  • Never transfer money out of your account if asked to do so for 'security reasons.'
  • Never reply to emails asking for your personal or 'security information'

Do not forget:

  • Always be wary of spam post and emails, people who visit unannounced and people who call saying they are police officers or bank staff.
  • If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For further information visit: Action Fraud UK

 

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