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Police remind people in Norfolk to never give out bank details over the phone amid 161 scam

PUBLISHED: 15:34 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 08 August 2017

Norfolk police have warned people to be wary after reports of a phone scam. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Norfolk police have warned people to be wary after reports of a phone scam. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

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Police in Norfolk have warned residents they should never give out bank details over the phone after reports of a phone scam.

Norfolk Constabulary confirmed it was aware of a phone scam in which the caller tells people that a large amount of money has been fraudulently taken from their bank account and asks them to dial 161.

People are then asked to provide personal and bank details to recover the funds.

Police advised people to try and get as much information about the caller as possible if they have suspicions and report it to Action Fraud UK.

A spokesperson said: “We would also always advise members of the public to never give out their bank details over the phone and if they’re worried about bank card issues, they should contact their bank directly.”

One person from Thorpe St Andrew said her husband, who is in his 90s, had been targeted and told his card had been used to buy a television elsewhere in the country.

The caller then asked if he had his bank card to hand but, suspicious, the couple phoned 101 instead and reported the call.

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