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East Kent residents are being warned to be vigilant against cold callers following three incidents in Whitstable.

On Wednesday 10 May 2023, three people living in the area received phone calls from someone claiming to be a detective.

The man claimed he was investigating possible credit card fraud, using that as a pretext to ask about the residents’ card details.

All three people became suspicious and contacted Kent Police without giving the fraudster any details or transferring any money.


Enquiries into the incidents are ongoing and residents are being urged to be on guard against fraudulent callers.

Those with elderly or vulnerable relatives or neighbours are asked to check they are aware of such fraud.

PC Chris Green, of Canterbury’s Community Safety Unit, said: ‘Those who received these calls did exactly the right thing and contacted us on a different phone to that they were called on.

‘I urge anyone contacted by someone claiming to be from the police, or from their bank, not to agree to transfer any money.

‘Always speak to family or friends before committing to anything involving money, or get independent legal advice.

‘Don’t be embarrassed about reporting a scam. Because the scammers are cunning there’s no shame in being deceived. By reporting it, you’ll make it more difficult for them to deceive others.’


In an instance where a suspicious caller is claiming to be a police officer, people are advised to stop the call and contact police to check the alleged officer’s identity.

It is recommended to wait five minutes before using your phone after such a call, as there have been cases of fraudsters keeping the line open after a victim has hung up.

For more information about fraud and advice on how to avoid becoming a victim visit:

You can also visit the national Take Five campaign website at

By Ed

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