Residents warned over scam calls

RESIDENTS have been warned about a Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) telephone scam.

Some householders in the county have received unsolicited calls telling them they are owed money from their banks and need to give their bank details over the phone to get it back.

The company will know some details such as a date of birth, but anyone who then verifies their card details may have them recorded and used illegally.

Some callers have become aggressive if people have withheld their details and threaten that their accounts will be frozen if they continue to refuse to give them.

County Executive Member for Public Health and Protection Anita Romer said: “We would advise consumers to only deal directly with their banks and not to respond to these unsolicited calls.”

Northumberland County Council’s Public Protection Service is advising anyone who has received one of these calls to report it by ringing Consumer Direct on 08454 040506, or calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.