We have received two consecutive telephone calls from residents of a village in South Cambs warning about a telephone scam. It sounds like the call was probably automated but it warned the resident that £600 was about to be taken from their Mastercard unless they pressed 1 to connect to a case handler.
Whilst these incidents were both in the same local area, it is likely that the scammers are working through a list organised by geographical area/postcode and therefore there is a strong chance this scam will at some point rear its ugly head in your local area. Please be vigilant to this and pass the message on so that others can be vigilant too.
If you receive a call like this simply hang up and do not press any number instructed in the message as this will likely result in a substantial connection charge or connect you to someone who is very persuasive or threatening. Report the call to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040