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Three arrested over St Albans bank card phone scam
Three men have been arrested in connection with a phone scam in St Albans.
On Wednesday, October 23, a Villiers Crescent resident received a call from a man who claimed he was investigating fraudulent use of her bank card.
He said he would send a taxi round to her address to pick up her card and bank details. The resident became suspicious and called the police.
The three men were arrested in Hatfield on Thursday, October 24 and Eraste Muaka, 18, from London and Olukayode Teriba from London were charged with fraud by false representation. They appeared at Hatfield Remand Court on Saturday, October 26 and were remanded into custody.
A third man who is 19-years-old and from Walthamstow has been released on police bail, pending further enquiries.
A widespread phone scam is now being investigated by detectives from Hertfordshire Constabulary. Officers are urging people never to part with any details over the phone, regardless of whether the caller states they are from your bank or are a police officer.
Residents are advised to leave the landline for at least five minutes before attempting to make an outside call or test the line first by phoning a friend or relative. They are also advised to contact their local branch if they have any concerns about their account.