Beware of bogus officer fraud scam

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Published: Friday 8th May 2015 by The News Editor

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People across Hull and East Yorkshire are urged to be on their guard against a scam involving credit cards and fake police officers.

The warning comes after nine elderly residents, one of whom is 92, were targeted by a bogus ‘police officer’ who told them they had been victims of fraud.

They were then asked to call their bank on a phone number that was given to them. The victims were asked to provide their card details and personal details before it was suggested that they transfer their money into what was said to be a police security account.

Most of the victims spotted the con and contacted Humberside Police after their suspicions were aroused, but two agreed to transfer their money to the account and lost a total of about £6,000.

The force’s crime reduction officer, Marc Dias, says fraud victims would never be asked by the police to hand over or transfer money.

He is urging people to never give out their bank account details to unknown callers on the phone or to transfer money to unknown accounts.

Anyone receiving a similar call is asked to call police on the 101 non-emergency number.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Friday 8th May 2015 by The News Editor

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