HSBC has issued a warning to customers in Cornwall after a number of customers narrowly avoided losing up to £40k between them to scammers.

Five customers who bank at HSBC’s Truro branch almost fell foul of attempted fraud in recent weeks, with vigilant branch staff managing to prevent them from losing money.

Each customer was targeted for amounts ranging from £4,000 to £8,000.

It led to HSBC urging the public to be alert in Cornwall for the scams, which often start with emails and texts designed to look like they are from the bank but are actually fake.

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One HSBC customer who was targeted visited the Truro branch to make a transfer from his ISA for an ‘investment’ and during the conversation with the customer about the nature of the transaction, it transpired that the call originated from a cold caller claiming to be a financial adviser.

The cashier at the branch who had become suspicious managed to warn the customer about investment scams which encouraged them to do more checks with the customer choosing not to make the payment.

Four scams are the most commonly reported at the moment, where scammers pose as police officers, financial advisers, couriers or the bank themselves in order to trick unsuspecting people into part with their money.

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