Forcewide: Warning message about recent scams

Don’t be tricked into withdrawing or transferring cash

Forcewide: Warning message about recent scam

On behalf of Humberside Police:

A 75 year-old woman from Hull was defrauded of £8000 yesterday – please help us prevent this happening again.

Scammers continue to target the elderly and vulnerable by using different ways to try and con victims out of money.

In the most recent case the woman was called over the phone and told that she needed to transfer £8000 as she had been a victim of theft from her account.  The fraudsters said that in order to resolve the problem they needed the money to be moved from her account to another one that they could arrange for her to be repaid.

The unsuspecting victim was told to go into her bank and transfer the money, which sadly she did and now has lost £8000 of savings.

Please help us protect other vulnerable people and share our message.

Detective Sergeant Ivan Simms from Humberside Police’s Economic Crime Unit said: “These fraudsters are targeting some of the most vulnerable people in our society and can be persuasive and sound very convincing.

“Bank staff are trained to spot scams as they’re happening and question anyone they fear may be a victim, the bank should call us if they are suspicious of a transaction. This is called the ‘Banking Protocol’ and should serve to protect people from fraud.  In this case the bank did make enquiries but did not prevent the transaction.

“Be aware and be vigilant. Talk to anyone who you know may be vulnerable, speak to your friends, family and neighbours and make them aware of this crime.

“If you think anyone you know is being scammed or targeted in this way please call us on 101, we will act on your call and together we can prevent more victims.”

You can also sign up for our My Community Alert to get more advice, and news about what’s happening in your community www.mycommunityalert.co.uk

Advice:

  • If you get a call from someone you don’t know – don’t feel like you are being rude just hang up.
  • Don’t give anyone your bank details, even if they say they are from your bank or the police.
  • If you are unsure of what someone is asking you, tell them that you have someone with you and you will ask them for advice and call them back.  When you come off the phone ask your family, a neighbour or call Action Fraud or the police on 101.

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