Residents on the Isle of Wight are being warned about a new telephone scam.

Isle of Wight Radio listeners have reported receiving a phone call from a number starting ‘00140’.

When answered they are met with an automated message claiming there was a security risk to Visa and Mastercard accounts. This is a scam.

UK Finance is reminding consumers of five warning signs to look out for during a phone call, which suggest that the caller could be a scammer:

  • The caller is insistent and doesn’t give you time to think, or tries to stop you speaking to a family member or friend.
  • The caller asks you to transfer money to a different account. 
  • The caller asks for your online banking passwords or four-digit card PIN.
  • The caller asks you to withdraw money and hand it over for “safekeeping”. 
  • The caller offers to send a courier to your home to collect cash, PINs, cards or cheque books to “protect” you from fraud.

Remember that your bank, card provider or the police will NEVER contact you out of the blue asking for PINs or passwords, or telling you to transfer money to another account.

If you feel uncomfortable or suspicious during a call, hang up and call your bank or card provider directly on its official phone number.