Police ridicule fraudsters for ‘worst scam ever’ with exploding debit card email

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Bizarre letters – strewn with spelling errors – were sent around Cheshire by crooks posing as Barclays bank officials.

They claimed debit cards could catch fire “at any given moment” and asked people to post them, along with their PIN numbers, to an address in India.

The absurd letter, from “Debit Card Safety Manager” Eric Smith, begins with the words “dear costomer”.

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999: They claimed debit cards could catch fire “at any given moment” (Pic: ArisSu/Getty)

It goes on: “Many of our banking costomers (sic) have reported that their debit cards have caught fire when they are in wallets and purses.

“And so as a precaution we are issuing an URGENT safety recall.

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LAUGHING STOCK: Cheshire Police’s tweet went viral after mocking the scam (Pic: Highwaystarz-Photography/Getty)

“This is a matter of uppermost emergency as your card could create a pocket fire at any given moment burning your legs and stomach terribly.”

It goes on to say the “fault” was caused by an error at Barclays’ “debit card factory” in “Molton Keynes”.

A spokeswoman for Barclays denied having any kind of factory in “Molton Keynes”.

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BARCLAYS: Your bank will never ask for your card to be returned, PIN or account details. (Pic: Daviles/Getty)

A picture of one of the letters was shared by Cheshire Police.

They captioned the snap: “This letter from ‘Mr Smith’ at ‘Barclays’ is warning people about Spontaneous Debit Card Combustion…

“We would usually tell people to #TakeFive before giving out their bank details.. I don’t think we need to for this one.”

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RIDICULED: Twitter users ridiculed the bad spelling and grammar (Pic: dumrong/getty)

The tweet quickly attracted dozens of comments.

One person wrote: “You just hope that everyone sees it for what it is.”

Another said: “My joint account debit card spontaneously combusts every time my wife remembers she has one.”

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MOLTON KEYNES: arclays denied having any kind of factory in “Molton Keynes” (Pic: Daisy/Getty)

A third said: “Bad spelling Bad grammar and a credit card spontaneously combust. Surely nobody fell for this scam.”

A Barclays spokeswoman said: “A number of customers have reported receiving letters pertaining to be from ‘Barclays Bank Debit Card Factory’ in ‘Molton Keynes’.

“These letters are a scam and customers should ignore the instructions given.

“Your bank will never ask for your card to be returned, PIN or account details.”

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