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Police urge caution with callers

PUBLISHED: 13:14 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:10 01 August 2010

POLICE are urging members of the public to be cautious when dealing with callers after receiving reports of a man ringing up and asking residents if they have been involved in an accident.

POLICE are urging members of the public to be cautious when dealing with callers after receiving reports of a man ringing up and asking residents if they have been involved in an accident.

Police have taken several calls in the past two days in relation to a man who claims to be working for “the accident investigation bureau” in London.

He then asks whether you have been involved in an accident and asks further questions in order to obtain personal information.

Officers believe this is another phone scam and are again urging residents not to give out personal details to unsolicited callers.

If you are contacted by anyone you do not know please think before responding - do not answer personal questions and never give out information about yourself or your bank details if you are unsure.

At your door, always ask for identification, and if you are in any doubt close the door on the caller.

Genuine visitors will not mind if you say you will call their company to check they are who they claim to be, but always use the phone number in the telephone directory rather than one supplied by the caller.

If you suspect you have been targeted call police using 999.

On the phone, take details of the caller and what they want and say you will call them back.

Then do your own research as to whether they are genuine, for example, if they claim to be from your bank find the bank telephone number and check whether the name and number relate to someone working for the organisation, before returning the call.

This gives you time to think and, again, genuine organisations will not mind this.

Please be cautious when dealing with any unsolicited callers.

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