News Release 9 June
2011

For immediate release

WARNING OVER SCAM
INVOLVING ELDERLY VETERANS

 

The Service Personnel
and Veterans Agency (SPVA) is warning of a scam aimed at gaining access to
people’s bank account savings and which appears to be targeted at the elderly,
including Armed Forces
veterans.

 

The scam involves the
victims receiving a telephone call from someone stating they are from their
bank.  The person will say that they need to get a new bank card and that it
will be delivered by courier.  A person posing as a courier then attends the
address and takes the victims bank card in exchange for a ‘new’ one.  The new
bank card is a fake and the offenders will then go on to use the bank card from
the victim to make numerous fraudulent transa_ctions.  It is thought that they
obtain the pin number through the telephone
conversation.

 

At least two of the
four known victims of this scam have been Armed Forces veterans.

 

SPVA’s Head of
Veterans Services, Jon Parkin,
said:

 

“Whilst there is
nothing to suggest that the Veterans Community is specifically being targeted,
it is important for veterans to be aware of this scam and to remain vigilant.
If people are approached in this way, they should refuse to become involved and
should report the matter to their local police
station.”

 

The warning was issued
after the Police contacted the Agency and requested help in making veterans
groups aware.

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