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News Release

Warning after possible telephone scam

Dated: 08 Feb 2012

People are being urged not to fall victim to a possible telephone scam after an incident in South Tyneside.

On Tuesday, February 7, police were made aware of an elderly woman, from the South Shields area, having received an international call from a company claiming to be selling electricity reducing plugs.

The woman gave the caller her bank details, however, decided to ring her energy company after the call who informed her this was possibly a scam. She stopped the transaction before any funds were taken from her account.

Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton said: "Telephone scams have the sole aim of trying to elicit funds from the more vulnerable in our communities.

"I'd urge the public to be vigilant and never agree to hand over any amount of cash to someone who cold calls them either via the telephone or at the door.

"If in any doubt whatsoever they should alert the police and Trading Standards.

"It's equally important that people make sure they look out for their elderly relatives and neighbours."

People can contact police on 101 extension 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.