Thames Valley Police are reminding members of the public that the Police will NEVER contact you in person or by telephone to ask you to withdraw money from your bank account, or to transfer funds into other bank accounts.
This warning comes after we have had two reports of this kind of fraud in our area this week.
One victim from Letcombe Regis, near Wantage was called by someone claiming to be a Police Officer from Hemel Hempstead Police station. He told the victim that he needed to contact his bank due to fraudulent activity on accounts at his branch and that a staff member could potentially be feeding counterfeit notes into the bank system. The Police Officer encouraged him to hang up and ring the bank. However, the fraudster did not hang up and therefore the line was kept open and he then pretended to be a member of staff from the bank, who confirmed that fraudulent activity was taking place on the account. The victim was then asked to go to the bank and withdraw £6200 so it could be checked for counterfeit notes. The victim took out the money pretending it was for building work (as advised by the fraudster) and took it home. A courier then arrived to take the money away to be checked.
Another victim from Henley was contacted again by a Police Officer saying their bank card had been cloned and she needed to take £2000 out of her account. Fortunately the victim did not give any bank card details.
These are scams and we advise residents to HANG UP and report to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040. Alternatively you can visit www.actionfraud.police.uk. The victims are usually elderly so please share this message with elderly family and neighbours to help them avoid becoming victims of crime.
For more crime prevention advice, please visit the Thames Valley Police website by clicking on this link - https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-yourself-and-others/