The Isle of Wight Trading Standards Service is making residents aware of a new telephone scam that has been reported on the Island.
Callers claiming to be from the ‘National Electricity Board’ offer a ‘gadget’ for £128 which they claim saves the resident 40 per cent off their electricity bills. The caller may hold a lot of personal information such as the address of the resident and knowledge of some of their billswhich can give the impression the caller is genuine.
The caller then asks for the victims’ credit or debit card details giving them access to the victims’ bank account.
The Electricity Board no longer exists and you should never give out your personal bank details or credit/debit card details, say Trading Standards.
If you recieve one of these calls, please hang up and do not give out any details. If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, please contact your bank for advice.