CRIME ROUND-UP: Warning after scam callers claim to be police

POLICE have received two separate reports from local women receiving scam phone calls from individuals purporting to be from the force.

In the first incident, a woman from Lyme Regis received a phone call from someone claiming to be a detective from London and informing her that her credit cards have been compromised.

The woman realised it was a scam call and reported it to the police. Officers are concerned because the caller knew the woman’s name and address.

In the second incident, a woman received a phone call from a man claiming to be a PCSO and advising her on how to safeguard her property.

The woman questioned him and ended the call after she realised it was suspicious.

Dorset Police advise that you should never give out personal information or your PIN or bank details to anyone who phones you, no matter who they claim to be, and that the police or your bank will never ask for your personal bank information over the telephone.

Dorset Police advise that if you receive a call from someone who wants your bank details to hang up, wait for at least five minutes, phone 1471 and write down the telephone number, and then call the police immediately on 101 to report the incident.

* GARDEN equipment, tools and other items were stolen in a burglary at a farmhouse and barn in the hamlet of Bellair, near Charmouth.

The burglary took place sometime between 10pm on Thursday, July 13th and 12noon on Tuesday, July 18th. The property was not occupied at the time of the burglary and a rear door was damaged to gain access. A wall to the barn was also damaged.