Bedfordshire Police are warning people to be aware of people posing as police to try and scam their victims of thousands of pounds.
A woman was recently contacted by someone claiming to be a police officer working for a different force, saying her bank cards had been cloned.
They asked if she wanted to support an investigation before being given account details and a reference number and told to transfer a large sum of money to buy gold.
While trying to make the transfer at her bank, the clerk became suspicious and alerted the police.
“I would like to ask all of our residents to share this message among their family and friends, and especially take time to speak to any elderly or vulnerable people close to you, about protecting their finances,” said Detective Sergeant Tom Hamm.
“Make sure they know they should never share any personal details and bank information to any cold callers, even if they claim they are from the police.
Bedfordshire Police also say fraudulent callers will also trick people into calling a number to check all is above board, but it’s all part of an elaborate lie.
“They can ask the targeted person to call 999 to confirm their identity. When in fact the unsuspecting victim just speaks to a different person involved in the scam,” said DS Hamm.
Bedfordshire Police have now issued advice to help make sure no one falls for the scam.
- Police will never ask you for your personal or financial information, and will never ask you to transfer money, purchase gold or gift cards, under any circumstances
- Fraudsters may ask you to call a number to verify who they are, but stay on the line to keep it open. They’ll then pretend to be a different person from your bank or the police. Always wait for at least ten minutes, or use a different phone, before calling the police
- If you wish to confirm someone’s identity, only use a phone number you know belongs to your bank, and not the one given to you by the caller
If you believe that you have been called by a bogus police officer, call Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre, on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk.
If you’ve been affected by crime you can contact Signpost for free and confidential support, signpostforbedfordshire.com for more information.