Elderly targeted in GP telephone scam

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 October 2015

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Police in Exmouth are warning pensioners to be aware of a telephone scam from a company calling itself Premier Care.

Devon and Cornwall police said the company targets the elderly, claiming it is working in conjunction with the pensioner’s doctors’ surgery.

Exmouth police said they had received calls reporting three separate incidents of the same scam.

Devon and Cornwall police want to hear from anyone who may have been targeted by Premier Care.

A police spokesperson said: “The scammers tell their potential victims they have been asked to make contact by their GP surgery.

“The potential victim is then talked into making an appointment at their home address.

“Exmouth police have been alerted to three such appointments.

“The potential victim has then contacted their GP surgery to find out the surgery has not provided any details and tried to cancel the appointment.

“However, there are no contact details to cancel.”

Exmouth police have issued the following advice to anyone approached by scam callers:

● Call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, then call police on 101 for reassurance and further advice.

● Arrange to have a family member, neighbour or carer to be present if an appointment has been made.

● Visit the SCAMWISE website or contact PCSO Karen Capey, on 101, at Exmouth Police Station, for a leaflet to register with the telephone and mail preference service, which is free.

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