North Yorkshire Police have issued an urgent warning after receiving three reports of a telephone scam in the space of 24 hours.
The scam is a well known one, with the caller pretending to be a police officer- but in these most recent cases, 'Sergeant White' from the Serious Crime Unit at York.
The caller will tell the individual that a relative, grandson for example, has been arrested for trying to use the individual’s bank card in a retailer and that their account is under threat of fraud.
They then add another layer to the deceit by transferring the individual to ‘Officer Timothy Mason’ from Brixton Police, who claims to be with the arrested individual.
The caller advises the individual that they need to immediately attend the bank and withdraw all money from their account in cash. A ‘police officer’ or courier will then come to their home to collect the cash and take it for safekeeping.
North Yorkshire Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer, Andy Fox, said:
“This is a fraud which will simply not go away and unfortunately one which continues to be highly effective.
“The fraudsters add a layer of credibility by having another scammer pose as a second police officer which is all part of their manipulation to convince the victim they are real.
“Remember, the police or your bank will never contact you and ask you to move or transfer money. If you receive a call of this nature, hang up immediately. If you want to double check whether it is a legitimate call, use a different phone to ring your bank’s customer service phone number.”
We urge residents to be on lookout and report suspicious activity or vehicles at the time any suspect activity occurs using the national 101 non-emergency number.
Always dial 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.
Read the full police report here:
Published: 25/01/2022 Published by: Aiskew and Leeming Bar Parish Council
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