Police warn about cold calling fraudsters claiming to be police officers

STAFFORDSHIRE Police have issued a warning following reports of telephone callers claiming to be police officers.

A spokesman said: “We have been made aware of a reoccurring crime where fraudsters are cold calling victims purporting to be police officers with the intention of obtaining personal/financial information and money.

“Victims have received a phone call from a fraudster who tells them they are speaking to a police officer and that they need them to assist in an investigation. The caller provides a collar number and states which constabulary they are calling from – which makes the call more believable.

“The fraudsters tell the victim that they are in possession of a bank card in their name and asks them to confirm their bank account details. The fraudsters advise them to ring another number and are then advised that they are at risk of being defrauded and are required to withdraw or transfer money in order to assist with the investigation.”

Police have issued the following advice:

1. Never give out or confirm personal and/or financial information to anyone over the phone.

2. Banks and the police would never ask someone to aid an investigation by withdrawing or transferring money.

3. If you receive one of these calls, end it immediately and call Staffordshire Police on 101, if they have stated they are coming to collect the money, or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.