Lincolnshire: Warning over phone scam that targets vulnerable

NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard
NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard

Police have issued a warning about a phone scam in which scammers pose as police officers and computer store staff to target vulnerable people.

Lincolnshire Police said the calls were generally being made to elderly people during the night and in the early hours of the morning

The callers use two different stories to gain bank details and in some cases to collect credit cards and bank cards.

In some calls imposters posing as detectives from Metropolitan Police tell victims that their bank cards have been used by criminals. They are then asked for card information, saying a courier will pick up their cards.

Next the bogus caller asks the victim to contact their bank and cancel their cards.

But despite putting the phone down to make the call, the victim’s phone line has been directed back to the scammers who then ask for their bank details.

Another scenario being used is to say that the victim’s grandchild has run up a debt at the Apple Store, which needs to be paid off.

“These scammers are targeting elderly people at unsociable hours when they are most vulnerable,” said Samantha Hancock, manager of Notts Police’s pre-crime unit.

“Police officers are unlikely to ever seize your bank cards after a fraud and if they do, they would never send a courier to collect them. Officers with identification would come to the victim’s house.”

People are advised to tell relatives and neighbours about the scam.

Do not share financial details, or codes for your bankcard, safe or Keysafe with strangers and do not keep large amounts of money in your house.

When you hang up the phone, make sure you hear a dialling tone before making another call.