Thursday, January 9, 2014
People in Norwich are being urged to take caution and not hand over bank details over the phone after three men were arrested on suspicion of fraud.
It comes following several incidents in the city this week when people were called by a man claiming to be from their bank.
The victims were persuaded to give the caller their card PIN over the phone and were told a taxi would be sent to collect their bank card to ensure they would not be defrauded. A number of people are believed to have put their cards into an envelope and handed them to taxi drivers.
The suspected fraudsters are believed to have contacted taxi companies with instructions to collect the packages for delivery to another address in the city.
Three men from the London area were arrested in Norwich and were taken into custody at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre. The men, all aged 18, are being questioned by detectives after being arrested on suspicion of committing fraud by false representation.
Detectives Inspector Andy Ninham, from Norwich CID, said: “Investigations are in the early stages and so far only one victim has come forward although we believe there are several more.
“Anyone who has received a similar call within the last 24 hours and believes they may have been the victim of fraud is urged to contact local detectives.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public to never give their PIN numbers out – banks will never ask for this over the phone. My advice would be to always avoid giving the caller any information and contact Norfolk Constabulary immediately.”
The incident happened last night (Wednesday).
• Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of fraud can ring Det Con Jon Church or Det Sgt Dave Freeman at Norwich CID on 101.