Local Alert: Councillor Hazel Brand, District Councillor for The Misterton Ward and also member of Misterton Parish Council tells us of a scam that has played out in Misterton and will likely be a try on elsewhere in the area. The Parish Council were advised of a scam last week. Cllr Brand posted a warning on the Parish Council’s Facebook page – but the next day heard that someone had fallen for it. The scam involves an individual posing as a “fraud detective” who is supposedly investigating a banking fraud inflicted upon the victim by the victim’s bank. The victim was initially contacted by phone and advised that a fraudulent transaction had occurred on their bank account. The victim was asked not to contact the bank for fear of tipping off the perpetrators (the bank personnel) and to withdraw a certain sum of money. That sum of money would be removed temporarily from the account (collected in person by the scammer) and then paid back into the victim’s bank account (plus a fee for the transaction/going to the bank etc.). In the event the approach was convincing enough for the lady victim to provide and to lose £6,000.
Get in touch with Action Fraud (firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0300 123 2040) if you are approached.
If anyone saw a light-coloured van in the Grange estate area in Misterton last Friday (20 Nov) at around 6/6.30pm – or has CCTV that might have picked it up – please get in touch with us and Councillor Brand through the contact form on this website.
Please remain vigilant and report any similar suspicious activity to Notts Police using the 101 telephone number.