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.


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