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Last Updated: Friday, 13 August, 2004, 05:21 GMT 06:21 UK
E-mail scam targets police chief
The head of Wiltshire Police fraud squad has issued a warning about a sophisticated e-mail scam - after his own work address was targeted.

'Phishing' fraudsters send e-mails, claiming to be from banks and credit card companies, asking for confirmation of banking and card details.

If a customer falls for the scam, their account can be emptied.

Detective Inspector Paul Ginger said: "I was amazed to receive one of these messages on my work e-mail."

'No information'

He added: "You have to admire their cheek but it just goes to show that no one is safe.

"Let's make sure that nobody in Swindon or Wiltshire becomes a victim of these scams."

The police said that no bank or company would ask for these details as they already had them.

A spokesman added: "If anyone is in any doubt, they are advised to phone their local branch and speak to a member of staff.

"Do not use any numbers given on the messages. Do not provide any information to these sites or callers."

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