NORTHERN Constabulary is warning householders not to give out any details to cold callers claiming to be from their bank.
Police are urging householders, particularly the elderly, not to provide details to individuals claiming to be from their bank, especially details such as bank account numbers, passwords and other sensitive information.
Callers are now asking householders to provide their IBAN number to confirm their identity and make it clear that they do not require their Bank account details. An IBAN number is found at the top of bank statements and actually provides the Bank Sort Code and Account Number to these callers.
Police would ask members of the public to exercise extreme caution in relation to any telephone calls they may receive in relation to their bank accounts. It is not normal banking practice to ask for details of accounts, passwords, P.I.N codes or IBAN numbers and would never be discussed on the telephone.
Police say that if people are in any doubt with regards to the authenticity of calls they should take the name and phone number of the caller and call the Police. Some of the callers are providing the genuine numbers for the banks in an effort to make the call appear genuine.
If anyone believes that they may have been the recipient of such a call, it is best practice to terminate the call and contact their bank through a genuine number which can be found on a bank statement or from the phone book.
Should anyone feel they have been a victim of a fraud they should contact their local Police station on 0845 600 5703 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.