Fraudsters who con people into handing over their credit cards have struck more than 20 times in less than three months in the Royal Borough.
The mean scheme involves phoning someone and telling them their card is being used fraudulently. The person is then encouraged to ring the bank's number on the back of the card - but only gets through to the fraudster who has kept the line open the other end.
A 'courier' is then sent to collect the card from the victim.
A horrifying 26 offences were reported to police in the Royal Borough between November 24 and January 31 - 16 in Windsor, seven in Maidenhead and two in Ascot.
Superintendent Kate Ford, local police area commander for Windsor and Maidenhead, said: “Never hand your card over to a third party in this way."
To report an incident call Thames Valley Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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