People in Northampton warned about phone scammers asking for bank details

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People in Northampton are being warned about a continuing phone scam where people are asked to part with their bank details.

Incidents are being reported in neighbouring counties and Northamptonshire Police is urging county residents to make sure they don’t fall victim to the scam.

Thieves pretending to be police officers or fraud investigators have been making telephone calls, alleging that they are investigating fraudulent activity on the victim’s bank account. They then ask for account information, including card numbers and pin numbers.

If the resident becomes suspicious, the offender suggests that they call 999 or 101 and ask for confirmation that the person is a police officer.

The victim then calls police, but doesn’t realise that the offender has not hung up so goes straight through to them again. In some cases another offender comes on the line and pretends to be working in the police control room and verify the officer’s details.

The caller is then transferred back through to the first offender who obtains all their details.

In some cases the criminals have sent couriers immediately to the victim’s property to pick up their cards which are then used fraudulently.

The caller has also requested that the victim go to their bank to withdraw money or simply instruct the victim to transfer an amount of money into a specific bank account.