Police warning regarding telephone bank scam
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A scam where a caller claims to be a police officer dealing with a prisoner has targeted residents in Nottinghamshire.
Victims have received an unsolicited phone call from a man purporting to be a police officer who is investigating a bank fraud, and asking to confirm bank details.
The offender often urges the victim to call their bank, but doesn’t hang up so the victim speaks to them believing it to be the bank, in some cases passing on personal details.
Six incidents have been reported to the police over the last 24 hours, with one victim waiting on the phone for over an hour while the ‘bank representative’ sent out a courier to collect their bank card. Cash was then taken from the account.
PCSO Neil Davison, who has today been gathering information from victims, said: “These fraudsters often target the old and vulnerable, pretending to be from an official organisation or from the bank itself. They want people to fall for their scam and offer their personal bank details to gain access to their money.
“We want people to be made aware that this is happening and to remember never to give out PIN numbers or personal information over the phone. Banks will not ask for this information, and unscrupulous criminals just want to take advantage however they can.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 3161 Vicki Wetton at Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Nottinghamshire Police has launched a recent campaign called ‘Not Sure? Don’t open the door’ which offers advice about protecting yourself and your loved ones from bogus callers – both at home and via the phone.