Warning after Lancashire pensioners scammed by fake police officer

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A fraudster, pretending to be a police officer, is targeting elderly people living in Lancashire.

Detectives from Lancashire Police have issued a warning following the spate of telephone calls from the man to residents living in the Preston, and Bamber Bridge areas throughout February.

Some of the victims – mainly aged in their seventies and eighties - have handed over money or transferred it into a fraudulent bank account, being scammed out of thousands of pounds.

DC Will Hogan from Preston CID said: “These are despicable crimes against vulnerable, elderly victims.

“This con artist has even been going so far to say that there were two men currently in police custody elsewhere in the country for trying to access that person’s bank account.

“He has been extremely plausible, providing a supposed name and police collar number, both of which are false.”

During the calls the man advises people that their bank card or bank account has been comprised and that the person should withdraw funds from the relevant account.

He then goes on to say that the person should transfer money into a ‘safe account’ or that they should withdraw money from their account which should be handed to a ‘police officer’ for checking.

The man then says that the money will need to be checked for fingerprinting by a ‘police officer’ who then attends the victim’s address and takes their money.

If you have any information about this incident or suspect that you may have fallen victim to a similar deception then please contact the police or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.