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SCAM ALERT Bogus London police officers calling

Alert message sent 09/01/2019 15:52:00

Information sent on behalf of Dorset Alert

Dorset Police has recently received a number of reports from members of the public that they have been telephoned by someone claiming to be a police officer from London, telling them that police have arrested someone trying to use their bank account details fraudulently.

This is a scam. Do not carry out any instructions given by the bogus police officer.

The bogus police officer will ask the victim to hang up and call their bank. If the victim does so, they will be talking to the fraudster or an accomplice on the same line, as they will not have disconnected their end of the call. The fraudsters will ask for bank account details: this is the purpose of the scam.

If you are still uncertain and concerned, hang up anyway and use a different phone to call your bank using a number you know to be correct, they won’t mind. Then report the fraud attempt here:

  • The police would never make a call of this nature, so don’t engage with the fraudster, just hang-up the phone.
  • Never give bank details over the phone. 
  • Don’t be rushed; the fraudsters will deliberately rush you, so that you feel you need to give them information quickly, even if they say it is important, don’t give them any personal information.
  • If you want to give your bank a call after one of these phone calls, always use a different phone line to do so.
  • Don’t be hushed by the fraudster if you think you have received one of these phone calls or think you’re a victim of this type of fraud, always report it to Action Fraud.

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use the website above.
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