Urgent: Beware phone calls from bogus “chief inspector”

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Police have put out an urgent warning following multiple reports of attempted fraud by a bogus “chief inspector” who is apparently phoning residents and asking for their bank details.

There have been seven cases reported in total in which a caller says he’s from Driffield Police Station and tells residents they’ve been victims of a theft from their bank account.

In each case he has asked them to provide their bank details so police can check if funds have been withdrawn.

Police say other common threads are that the number is withheld and that all the targets have been elderly people.

But so far it’s believed no-one has fallen victim to the scam.

Detective Inspector Matthew Peach said: “I would like to advise residents to be wary of anyone calling them regarding bank details that all might not be as is suggested.

“Nobody should ever give out any bank details or personal details over the telephone and nor should anybody transfer any money to anyone unless it is a transaction they are absolutely sure of.

“The police would absolutely never request bank details from a member of the public.

“I want people to be aware of this latest scam and I would ask that family and friends of any elderly or particularly vulnerable people to make sure they are made aware of this and check they have not already been contacted.”

Anyone who thinks they may have received a call along these lines or anyone who thinks they may know anything about who is responsible is urged to report it to police on the non-emergency number 101 referring to log 369 of 05 March 2015.