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Warning - Fake Police Scam

Alert message sent 10/01/2018 20:59:00

Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Police

We are warning the public to be alert to a recent scam where people are approached by fake police officers and encouraged to take part in an undercover operation.

Since November last year, we have received eight reports of a scam of this nature and are warning the public to prevent further people falling victim to this crime.
Criminals are contacting members of the public claiming to be from the police or their bank’s fraud team. The criminal goes on to claim they are investigating a fraud at a local bank where bank staff are involved with issuing fake bank notes and asks the victim for their help.

The victim is asked to visit the same branch and withdraw a large amount of money from their own account and hand this over to the police to be tested.

The victim is assured that they will have the money returned to their bank account however this never happens and the criminal gets away with the cash. The victim is told not to tell the bank the reasons around withdrawing the large sum if questioned, suspecting the cashier is only asking as they are in on the scam.

Thank you
PCSO Ali Haq
Wigston Police Station

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Ali Haq (Leicestershire Police,PCSO,South Leicester)

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