Dorset households targeted by Christmas parcel scam
PEOPLE are being warned of bogus callers taking bank card details for hoax Christmas gifts.
Several households in Dorset have been targeted by the scam, which starts with a telephone call to arrange a parcel delivery time.
The gift - usually a bunch of flowers with a bottle of wine - arrives at the agreed time and a £3 surcharge is requested as proof that the delivery was made to an adult. Card payment is then taken on a card reader, which records the victim's PIN and three-digit security code.
Victims get to keep the flowers and the wine but later discover that their card details have been used to make transactions from ATMs.
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A spokeswoman for Dorset Police said: "We all like a surprise gift but beware if you are not expecting one, and particularly if there is no gift card attached."