A BARNSTAPLE woman was tricked out of money during a bogus phone call from a man claiming to be from her telephone provider. According to police, she was asked to make an immediate credit card payment for an outstanding bill or her line would be disconnec

A BARNSTAPLE woman was tricked out of money during a bogus phone call from a man claiming to be from her telephone provider.According to police, she was asked to make an immediate credit card payment for an outstanding bill or her line would be disconnected.The victim was adamant that there was no outstanding bill but the man told her that he would prove it to her by disconnecting her line temporarily. She put the phone down and then tried to dial out but the line appeared to have gone dead.The man then rang her back and the victim paid the demanded sum.BT have confirmed that they do not operate like this and advise anyone who is approached in this way to never give bank details out over the phone and under no circumstances divulge PIN numbers.Police are asking homeowners to be aware of the scam. Further details can be found on the Consumer Direct website at www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/watch_out