We're warning residents in the New Forest to remain vigilant after a 75-year-old woman was conned into sending a large amount of money to fraudsters.
The victim has been deceived into making a number of transfers or withdrawals totaling more than £200,000 on a number of occasions between February and May 2016.
She was tricked into believing she was speaking on the phone to employees of the Halifax fraud squad who told her there had been fraudulent activity on her bank account. She was convinced to make cash withdrawals and told the money would be collected from her home address. She was also asked on occasions to transfer money into another bank account.
Detective Constable Dave Wheeler said: “We want to warn residents that these requests are not genuine and that no police officer or bank would operate in this manner. Anyone who receives a suspicious call is urged not to give any details to the caller and report the matter to the police immediately."
People are reminded to protect themselves using the following advice:
· Never give out any personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
· If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up the call and advise that you will call them back using the 101 number. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check. Call them back from a different phone if possible or wait at least 10 minutes before making the call.
· If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank up to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
· Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.
· If someone comes to your door claiming to be a police officer or staff member, always ask for identification and make a note of their identification number. Ask them to wait while you verify their identity. Close the door and call 101.
Anyone who is concerned about similar incidents should contact police by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, please call 999.