Police have issued a warning after a fraudster asked an elderly Exeter woman to put £10,000 into their bank account.
The incident followed a case of a man parting with personal details in a telephone scam. The pensioner lost £300 when two males subsequently visited him twice claiming to be from his bank. They said they needed his bank cards.
The money was withdrawn from a cash machine using the cards.
On one of the occasions, he was given a gift voucher by the crooks.
In Exeter, the woman was told by the fraudster she would be receiving a visit from the fraud squad at a later date.
She was contacted the day the cash was withdrawn from the other man’s account.
Issuing an alert, Devon and Cornwall Police urged householders not to provide any personal details if contacted by strangers.
They said a bank will never phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password. Neither will a bank ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping or ask you to transfer money out of your account.
Importantly, a bank will never send someone to your home to collect cash, PINs, cards or cheque books
Victims of fraud can report it here: www.actionfraud.police.uk