Neighbourhood Watch report 7 February 2024
Date Published: 7th February 2024
Residents should be aware of scammers phoning people, claiming to be police officers and saying their bank cards had been used by someone else. They go on to ask the resident to withdraw money to help with an investigation and then hand it over to a courier, who will give a pre-arranged password. The offender promised the money would be returned in a few days but, in reality, it was never seen again.
Fraud protect officer Amy Horrobin said: “No police officer will ever ask you to hand over money, sensitive banking information or valuables to help with any criminal investigation. If you are asked to do that by someone claiming to be a police officer, it is 100 per cent a scam. No ifs, no buts.”
The scammers go to great lengths to convince people they are genuine police officers - asking you to hang up and call 999 to check their identity, but they don’t hang up at their end which keeps the line open and you are really talking to another scammer.
If you receive such a call, hang up immediately and report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.
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