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Jersey police give website scam warning

Police in Jersey are warning people not to give cold callers and unknown websites access to personal details after a suspected scam was reported.

Peter Jacobs was called and then later asked to enter personal details onto a website during a follow-up call.

He reported the incident to police after becoming suspicious.

Police said people should be careful because once scammers had personal information, it could be difficult to prevent any thefts or identify theft.

'Most insistent'

Mr Jacobs was called by a company which left a message saying it would call back later.

During the follow-up call, he was asked to log personal information on to a website.

Mr Jacobs said: "He was most insistent that I went to my computer and followed his instructions."

He added: "He gave you the impression that he was calling from London, but the call could have been coming from anywhere."

Det Con Jeremy House, from the States Police crime reduction unit, said once a scammer had their information there was not much that could be done, and the key was to ensure they did not access it in the first place.

He said: "The scammer is able to have a look at every single thing on your computer.

"A bank won't be phoning up to ask you for your personal details. These people are."

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