Scam’s aren’t a joke – sometimes leaving people penniless after criminals con them into parting with their life savings.
Some are also incredibly clever, technically sophisticated and play out over months. Others, less so.
In fact, Cheshire Police have uncovered what they’re calling the “worst scam ever” after they were made aware of a letter warning people their debit card could spontaneously combust.
The letter pretends to be from Barclays, and tells people they are at risk of being burnt “terribly” unless they return the cards – along with their personal details including the card’s PIN – to an address in India.
According to the letter there was a fault at the factory in “Molton” Keynes.
When asked about the letter, Barclays made it absolutely clear there is no Barclays Debit Card Factory in Molton Keynes or at 187 Bangalore Lane, Bangalore for that matter.
In full, the letter reads:
“IMPORTANT NOTICE – DEBIT CARD SAFETY RECALL
“Many of our bank customers have reported that their debit cards caught fire while they are in wallets and purses, and so as a precaution we are issuing an URGENT safety recall.
“This is a matter of the uppermost emergency as your card could create a pocket fire at any given moment, burning your legs and stomach terribly.
“This is because of a fault in the factory process at our debit card factory in Molten [sic] Keynes.
“Therefore, for your own safety and verification, please complete the bottom of this form, and return it with your debit card to the safety manager at the following address”
It’s signed “Eric Smith, Barclays Debit Card Safety Manager”.