Be on guard for scam, warn police

RESIDENTS in south east Northumberland are being urged to be on their guard for callers attempting to con them out of cash.

The warning follows a spate of reports to police about a fraudster pretending to be from the Office of Fair Trading.

The bogus caller has been phoning houses in Bedlington, telling people there has been a mistake made in the amount of bank charges they have paid and asking them to buy Ukash vouchers and reveal the serial numbers of their accounts.

Police are urging anyone receiving such a call not to give any personal or bank information out and to contact officers or Action Fraud immediately.

Inspector Sandra Davies, of Bedlington’s neighbourhood policing team, said “We are warning all residents to be on their guard for any scams such as this.

“If you receive a call of this nature, it is not legitimate, and you should not give out your bank details.

“Contact the police or Northumberland County Council’s trading standards department straight away.

“Just because a caller says they’re from trading standards, or any other organisation, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are, and we’d always urge people to check that the caller is genuine.

“If they are legitimate callers, then they won’t mind being asked for ID.

“If you’re still in any doubt, ring the company they claim to be from and check.

“We’d urge anyone with any information about who might be responsible for these calls to contact the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call officers on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.