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Dorset households targeted by Christmas parcel scam

By mmanning  |  Posted: December 12, 2012

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Dorset residents are being warne about a bogus parcel scam at Christmas

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PEOPLE are being warned of bogus callers taking bank card details for hoax Christmas gifts.

Several households in Dorset have been targeted by the scam, which starts with a telephone call to arrange a parcel delivery time.

The gift - usually a bunch of flowers with a bottle of wine - arrives at the agreed time and a £3 surcharge is requested as proof that the delivery was made to an adult. Card payment is then taken on a card reader, which records the victim's PIN and three-digit security code.

Victims get to keep the flowers and the wine but later discover that their card details have been used to make transactions from ATMs.

A spokeswoman for Dorset Police said: "We all like a surprise gift but beware if you are not expecting one, and particularly if there is no gift card attached."

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