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Warning issued following telephone scam where caller claims to be from ‘Wycombe Council’ or ‘Wycombe Town Council’

| February 17, 2015

Residents of the Wycombe District are being warned about a telephone calls from scammers who call from both withheld numbers and a number with a 01273 prefix (Brighton), saying that they are calling from ‘Wycombe Council’ or ‘Wycombe Town Council’.

The caller them falsely informs the resident that they have been given their phone number by NHS Direct and ask if the person they are speaking to has had an accident in the last two years, or if a family member has had an accident. In one of these calls, the scammers asked the resident for their bank account details.

Residents are being advised not to answer any questions and to end the call immediately. If the scammers have given you information which may help trace them, please report it to Thames Valley Police or to the Council.

Similar scam alerts have been reported by Dorchester Town Council in recent weeks after their residents also received calls of a similar nature.

Wycombe District Council, or any other council, would never request bank details by phone, email or at the door.

Anyone with cause for concern is being advised to contact Thames Valley Police on 101 or Wycombe District Council on (01494) 461 0000.

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