CRIME prevention officers in E District, which includes Banbridge, are reminding residents never to give out personal details over the phone to unsolicited callers.
The warning follows an incident where an elderly resident was phoned by a person who asked if she had a lifeline unit. When the resident confirmed this, the caller told her that if she provided them with a cheque for £200, she would receive £2,000 back.
“This was a scam,” said a police spokesperson. “You should never, ever confirm any personal details to unknown callers. If you are unsure of a caller or feel that something is not right, ask for details to ascertain their identity.
“Ask where they are phoning from, where they received your details and where they obtained your telephone number. Ask them if there is a number you can phone them back on or if there is another representative from their company that you can contact.”
The spokesperson added that legitimate companies would not have a problem with anyone calling them back.
“Police would encourage anyone who receives a call of this nature to terminate the call and contact police,” she said. “If a caller display is available, note the incoming number and give it to police - this will help trace the origin of the call. Police can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.”