Northamptonshire Police warning of ‘fake police officer’ phone scam

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Generic images from Sussex Police

Elderly people in Northamptonshire are being warned about a phone scam which involves con artists pretending to be police officers and tricking residents into giving away their bank details.

Last weekend there were five incidents where elderly people in the county fell victim to the scam and in one case £3,000 was handed over to criminals.

Police are reminding people that, under no circumstances, should they give their bank details to anyone who has phoned them, no matter who they claim to be.

In a number of instances offenders have claimed to be police officers who are investigating a fraud and ask for the victims’ card and bank details so they can check with the bank.

They also tell the victims they will send a courier to pick up their bank card and any cash they may have recently withdrawn, in case it is counterfeit.

Another ploy used by the criminals is to persuade the victims to make an online transfer of cash.

Bryan Pye from the fraud and financial investigation team of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “We want people to be aware of these cons so they don’t fall for the charms of the people at the other end of the phone line when they call.

“Many of the victims of this type of crime are elderly and it can be very distressing for them.

“In no circumstances will police officers call you and ask for your bank details. And in no circumstances do we ever use couriers to collect evidence from victims of crime.

“Likewise, your bank will not phone and ask you for your bank details – they already have them.”