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Scam Alert - Message from Northumbria Police

May 7, 2019

Category: News
Posted by: markadmin

We have had a spate of telephone frauds from offenders claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police.  They are telephoning elderly people and informing them that there is a covert ,high profile on-going fraud investigation involving employees of their bank.  The offenders convince the victim that they need to move their money into a safe bank account – without informing the bank, otherwise it could be stolen. 

The fraudsters are quite convincing and pass a telephone number for a department within the Metropolitan Police, they then request victim to phone this number.

However, the fraudsters do not hang-up their end of the telephone therefore the victim passes their bank details to another member of the criminal gang!

This can result in the victim’s bank account being wiped clean.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Police will never, ever request bank account details or highly sensitive personal information over the phone
  • Police strongly recommend that no one should ever pass on confidential information  to a cold caller

If you are ever worried about a phone call, JUST HANG UP.  

If you think you might be a scam victim,  contact:  https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/scams/scams/reporting-a-scam/


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