The Force has received three reports where victims have received a telephone call from someone purporting to be a police officer, claiming that the victim’s bank account has been fraudulently accessed and that someone has been arrested for the offence.
The victim is then told that in order to progress the investigation, they will need to go to their respective banks to withdraw money. They are also told that a taxi will arrive to take them to the bank. In some cases, the victim hands over funds that they already have in the house along with their bank cards and PIN number.
A courier arrives at the victim’s address to collect the money, cards, and PIN. The victim is asked to give a password to the courier, which has been given to them previously by the person on the telephone.
The victim may also be asked for personal and banking information.
On Thursday March 12, a 76-year-old woman from the Wigston area, and a 90-year-old woman from Thurmaston, found themselves victims of the fraud, losing a large amount of money and their bank cards.
The next day, Friday March 13, a 61-year-old woman received a telephone call in Glen Parva, also becoming a victim of the scam.
The investigating officer, PC 4012 Meryl Bishop, said:
“The victims have been left distressed by these incidents and blame themselves, which reinforces the message that these fraudsters sound plausible and are competent at what they are doing, therefore they must be stopped.
“Those carrying out this crime are very skilled in portraying themselves as authentic police officers, making the scam seem genuine.
“We ask the public to let any elderly or vulnerable family members, friends, or neighbours know about the scam. Remember, your bank will never attend your home; and neither the bank nor the police will ever collect your bank card or ask for your PIN”.
If you have been a victim or have any information in relation to this scam, call Leicestershire Police on 101.
Victims can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.