Public urged not to fall foul of phone scam

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The public are being urged to make their elderly parents, grandparents and neighbours aware of a scam where criminals are pretending to be bogus police officers in order to steal from some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Since March Humberside Police has received a large number of reports of mostly elderly people being scammed by an unknown person purporting to be a police officer.

During the call the offender said the victims had been the victims of fraud and to contact their bank, giving them a number to ring to do so.

When the victim has called the bank (using the provided number) they have asked for the victim’s card details and personal data. The victim then received a further call from the bogus police officer suggesting they transfer their money to a police security account (police would never do this). A large number of these victims have become suspicious and called the police, but unfortunately others have lost large sums of money. Recently, the police received a call reporting that a 76-year-old East Yorkshire man had transferred £4,000 to the scammers. Following the incidents police are urging members of the public never to give out bank or personal details to strangers over the phone, hand over money or transfer funds to unknown accounts. If people are called as part of this scam they should where possible make a note of key details of the call, including the number the bogus caller has rung from before calling Humberside Police on 101.