Police warning of phone scam targeting elderly people in Northampton

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Fraudsters are deliberately targeting elderly people in Northampton and manipulating them into parting with their credit and bank card details.

Two incidents have been reported to police in the last 24 hours, both in Northampton, when a resident has been called by someone purporting to be a police officer investigating a fraud on their bank account, a fraud investigator from a bank or other bank official.

They caller then asks for account information, including credit card numbers, security numbers and pin numbers.

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 offenders are deliberately targeting older victims.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “We are urging people to share this information with their elderly relatives or neighbours so they are aware.

“Our advice to the public is as follows: Police and banks will never ask for your PIN or bank card. Police will not cold call about a suspected offence

“Banks will never suggest that you hand your card to a courier. Never give your card details, PIN or bank card to anyone. If you receive one of these calls end it immediately. Report any incidents to the police. Always call 999 if the crime is in action.”

For non-urgent incidents people can report them to Action Fraud, the central reporting and recording system for fraud, on 0300 123 2040 or online at: www.actionfraud.police.uk