Officers from Kirklees CID are advising residents of Dewsbury to be aware of a telephone scam which has resulted in the theft of several bank cards.

TelephoneSuspects pretending to be officers from Dewsbury Police Station have been telephoning victims and claiming that their bank card has been fraudulently used to buy goods and services. They then offer to collect the person’s credit or debit card from their home either in person or by sending a taxi. The victims have predominantly been Asian families and the callers are aware of their name and address before they make contact.

Detective Inspector Stef Wiseman, of Kirklees CID, said: “We are investigating a small number of crimes and our enquiries are ongoing . However we wanted to raise awareness of what is going on to stop the number of offences from rising. West Yorkshire Police officers would never ask for you to hand over your credit or debit card or to give out any financial information over the phone and neither will any other reputable organisation, including banks. If someone rings your home out of the blue and asks for your bank details or your card, please do not give it to them and ring us on 101 to report it.”