Police Warning After Phone Scam

Police are warning people not to give personal details over the phone after fraudsters attempted to obtain the bank account number of a St Mary’s hotel manager.

Joan Shiles, who lives on Tresco, said a company calling themselves Wilson Finance UK rang her to say her bank was refunding the past four years charges. They just needed her account details for the transfer. Joan was suspicious, as her bank doesn’t charge her.

When she asked for verification, they gave her the first four digits of her credit card.

However, Joan was still suspicious and refused. She later rang her bank who told her this was a common fraud and had been happening for at least two years.

Joan says the set-up was very plausible, with what sounded like a busy call centre in the background. She can understand why some people would be caught out, especially as the man was very insistent on the phone.

The islands’ policing team said on they’ve had a few reports recently of bogus companies telephoning or emailing people, informing them they’re owed money or won a prize.

They’re repeating advice not pass any personal information unless you’re absolutely sure the person you are speaking to is legitimate.

You can report an attempted fraud and find out about the latest scams at the Action Fraud website.


3 Responses to Police Warning After Phone Scam

  1. lynn November 5, 2012 at 10:32 am


  2. Ponder Stibbens November 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Some of you might find this link to BT’s “how can I stop unwanted calls” page useful

    But remember these simple rules….

    Engage common sense
    Never give personal details over the phone to someone you don’t know or who has called you

    A lot of these companys give the option at the end of the call to press 9 to un-subscribe from these marketing calls.

    And remember wot your gran told you “if it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is”

  3. Peter Corbett November 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I haven’t had one of these calls but I do get a lot of so-called marketing calls some of which are pretty obviously scams like the one Joan had. For a long time I just hung up but recently I’ve had a lot of fun lying outrageously about my age, whether I’m a homeowner, who provides my electricity and gas and so on. I wait till they get to the end of the questions and then tell them I’ve been lying all along – it’s great fun and it means that they’ve had to bear the cost of the call, often from somewhere like India going by the accents, and the caller has wasted his/her time and I suggest everyone does the same. But be careful!