Jersey woman loses £20,000 in scam

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The force has now issued a warning after receiving an increase in reports of fraudsters attempting to scam Islanders.

According to a States police spokeswoman there were 20 reports of different types of scam between last Monday and Friday.

She added that one of the victims was an elderly woman who lost £20,000 while a 45-year-old woman lost £800. The force said that the online and telephone scams involved fraudsters claiming to be from banks, internet companies or HMRC and attempted to get Islanders to disclose personal details or cash.

In a post on Facebook the States police said: ‘No bank will call you asking you to transfer funds or ask for your account details. Internet companies don’t call you to tell you about issues with your internet, and HMRC will only contact UK tax-payers and they never issue refunds. Please, please do not give out personal details or transfer funds, no matter who is asking. Always check and double check that who you are speaking to is authentic. Don’t call them back on a number they supply you with and don’t simply reply to emails.

‘If you need to check with the appropriate company, then look up their details independently and ask them. Any reputable company will fully understand why you are being cautious and asking questions.’

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