Police are warning the public to be wary of bogus telephone calls, particularly around Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) claims.
Inspector David Anderson took up the issue: “The advice follows a report of an elderly man in Ballymoney who received a phone call from a man falsely claiming to be from the Claims Advisory Group and talking about PPI.
“Sadly the man only realised that he had become a victim of crime when he spoke to a relative.
“Police are investigating the matter but this type of fraud is all too common across Northern Ireland.
“People are reminded never to give out personal details over the phone to unsolicited callers. If you are unsure of a caller or feel that something is not right then ask for details to check their identity.
“Ask where they are phoning from, where they have got your details from and where they have obtained your telephone number.
“Also, ask them if there is a number you can phone them back on or if there is another representative from their company that you can contact.
“If you are still unsure about them then contact the company or business they claim to be from to check if the call is genuine. Legitimate companies won’t have a problem with you calling them back.
“Remember if an unknown caller contacts you to offer you money for nothing and it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
“Police would also ask that members of the community keep an eye out for elderly family members and neighbours who might be potential victims of this type of scam.
“Anyone who believes they may have been victim of this scam or has any concerns should contact local police on 101.”