Police issue advice over handing over cash to fraudsters
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The force has issued advice after seeing an increase in elderly victims coming forward after being targeted by fraudsters.
Officers are seeing a spike in Bedfordshire, especially in the Dunstable and Luton area, with fraudsters targeting 80 to 95-year-olds in particular, and pretending to be police officers in order to scam them out of money.
Detective Inspector James Day said: “We have seen a recent increase in elderly victims being targeted by people saying they are police officers and that there is an investigation ongoing regarding their bank.
“The callers convince the victims that they need to withdraw cash and place it in an envelope with their bank card outside their home address so ‘officers’ can pick it up and complete checks relating to the investigation. From there the fraudster then share the card details across their network.
“Please remember police officers will never ask you for your card details, ask you to withdraw cash or to leave it somewhere for collection.”
It’s important to keep up to date with the ways fraudsters try to take money.
Some of the tricks they use might be well known, but the rise of the internet means new ones are being invented all the time, and huge amounts of money can be taken.
We are currently in a world where scammers are taking advantage of a wide range of tactics and utilising new technologies.
It can feel like a minefield of knowing what an authentic call is and what is a scam which is why police are urging people to please have a look at and share any advice.
Please share these tips and advice with your friends, family, and neighbours:
The police will never ask for your PIN
The police will never ask for you to withdraw money on their behalf
The police will never ask you to leave cash out anywhere for collection
The police will never ask for your bank cards
Never give out personal information over the telephone
Never withdraw money for anyone you have never met