Police issue warning after reports of scammers impersonating officers to obtain bank details - The Malvern Observer

Police issue warning after reports of scammers impersonating officers to obtain bank details

Malvern Editorial 17th Nov, 2023   0

POLICE have issued a warning across the three counties following various reports of fraudsters pretending to be officers to scam victims into handing over money or bank details.

The crime known as courier fraud has seen elderly and vulnerable people targeted, however anyone can be a victim.

West Mercia Police are urging everyone to pass on this scam warning and make themselves aware of the dangers of cold-calling scammers.

They wanted to highlight that no police officer from any force or department would ever ask you to hand over money or transfer funds, regardless of their name or unit.

The police have also moved to reassure the community that they are investigating these crimes and want to hear from anyone who may have been contacted by scammers.

A spokesperson from West Mercia Police said: “This scam can be very elaborate, very convincing and cruel. If you think someone is trying to scam you, tell someone straight away. Don’t be pressured. Give yourself time to stop and think.

“If the crime is still in progress, because for example, you have recently provided bank details or handed over cards or cash or are going to visit your bank or the caller has arranged for someone to visit your address to collect items, you should call the police on 999.”

Visit www.westmercia.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/ for more information.


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