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Bogus caller alert

Alert message sent 18/01/2019 13:21:00

Information sent on behalf of Notts Police


Dear Resident

We continue to receive reports in Nottinghamshire where people have been targeted by someone pretending to be a police officer or from another agency for example the HMRC.

They normally tell the victim that they’re investigating some fraudulent activity on their bank account and then ask them to provide some bank details. They sometimes trick the victim into verifying they are legitimate by telling them to call them back on a given telephone number , when in fact they remain on the line the entire time.

A real police officer would NEVER call a member of the public asking them to disclose personal or financial information and then instruct them to take immediate financial action.

If you receive a call you’re not sure about, always insist on verifying the callers identity. If you’re calling them back, use a number known to be connected to the organisation in question, not the one provided by the caller. For the police, it’s 101 and make sure you insist on talking to the named officer. Make this call from a separate telephone line to the one that the call was received if you can. If you don’t have one, wait at least 10 minutes before calling on the same line. Legitimate organisations will understand you wanting to make these steps and will not take issue with it.

Please continue to spread the word ensuring elderly and vulnerable loved ones and neighbours are aware of these types of scams.

If you believe that you have been called by a bogus person, please report the incident to Action Fraud, the UKs national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre on 0300 123 2040 or via www.actionfraud.police.uk

If you think you’ve lost money through this scam, please call us on 101 so we can so we can preserve evidence as quickly as possible.
Message sent by
Joanna Wakeling (Police, PCSO 8212, Bulwell)

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