Police warning against giving bank details

Exmouth police are warning residents not to give out personal details to door-to-door callers. The message comes after a man claiming to be from a charity was reported to officers.

A ‘pushy’ door seller who asked an Exmouth town centre resident for their bank details has prompted the police to warn against giving personal details to strangers.

Exmouth police said a resident from Cleveland Place, close to The Strand, was approached at his home, on Wednesday November 16, by a seller claiming to be from the charity Save the Children.

Police community support officer Karen Capey said the male was ‘very pushy’ in his manner, trying to get the householder to sign up to the charity and give their bank details at the door.

The officer urged people to be vigilant when handing over personal details.


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She said the male was described as being white, aged in his 30s, possibly Eastern European, with dark short hair. He was wearing a brown coat.

PCSO Capey said: “Exmouth police would like to remind all members of the public not to give their bank details to anyone who calls at the door, over the internet or telephone.

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“If any other members of the public come into contact with this male requesting bank details please call the police on 999 immediately.

“All genuine door sellers should be able to present an identity badge, with their details and contact details of the charity or company they are representing.

“If this is not the case ask them to leave and inform the police of the relevant details.”

A Save the Children charity spokeswoman said: “We have heard nothing about it.”

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