We have been notified of a telephone scam in which the suspect uses Visa Verification as their cover. The intended victim (IV) received a call on their landline.
The caller stated their name was Christopher Williams and that they were from Visa Verification. The caller asked to speak with the wife of the IV (so the caller already knew the name and telephone number prior to calling). Neither the IV or his wife have a Visa bank card so alarm bells sounded immediately.
The caller confirmed the card in question was in the name of the intended victims wife.
The caller wanted to confirm that the following transactions had indeed been made by the intended victims wife using the Visa card.
Netflix £17 for 1 year
John Lewis £37
Argos for £40
Of course they hadn’t because they don’t have a Visa card.
The call was terminated.
The IV then dialled 1471 and noted that the suspect number had a local STD code of 01223, the number was dialled but unavailable. The number displayed on the phone does not necessarily mean it is genuine. It is most likely a very different number that originated from over the internet. The IV called Visa Verification on a UK number 0800 891725.
They confirmed that Visa would never ring a customer in such circumstances. They also confirmed that they were aware of this type of scam.
We have just been made aware of the following telephone call that was received by a Cambridgeshire resident only minutes ago. Although this type of call is nothing new, it is clearly continuing to impact on our local communities.
‘My wife just had a scam phone call on our landline stating that there was a warrant out for her arrest. This upset her considerably. She was advised to press 1 to speak to an officer or 2 to learn about the file. She did neither and hung up. The number given by 1471 was 07377289633’
The mobile number was called but the line disconnected. Just to confirm, do not push the button on the keypad and hang up just like the person did above. Neither the police or any law enforcement would contact people in such a way and I trust you will all know that, but there will be people out there that you can help warn so please pass on and help prevent fraud.
This text message is circulating within Cambridgeshire. If you are not an EE customer then hopefully it should become suspicious to you and you will see that it is a scam. If you are an EE customer then please be alert. The link in blue will take you to aspoof website in that it is controlled by criminals leading you to think you are logging into your account, but you will only be revealing your email and password who may then access your ee account and/or other accounts especially if you use the same password for more than one online account. Everything after the HTTPS in the link should be suspicious to you. The correct domain name for ee is https://ee.co.uk
According to NHS England, an elderly lady has lost £5000 in a recent scam. The lady was called by a person purporting to be a GP at her local practice. The fraudster informed the victim that for a £1.50 fee the GP could attend their home to administer the flu jab and requested bank details in order to confirm the appointment.
A spokesperson from NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: "If someone claiming to be from the NHS contacts you by phone and asks for payment, please be aware they could be a criminal trying to trick you."