Police scammers warning to elderly residents

Police warn elderly residents to be aware of scammers.
Police warn elderly residents to be aware of scammers.
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Police have issued a warning to elderly residents in the Ribble Valley to be wary of scammers.

The police have received numerous reports of elderly people being targeted by scammers who are phoning and pretending they are from the fraud squad at the person's bank. They then tell the elderly resident that people have attempted to access their accounts.

"They are then instructing people to withdraw large amounts of money from their bank, to protect it, and then go to another bank and pay the money into the scammer's account - usually a bit coin account," said a police spokesman.

"These people are very good at what they do and, to the unsuspecting, will appear professional and believable."

He added: "If you know any elderly person, family, friend or neighbour please take some time soon to visit and warn them about this scam.

"No legitimate bank would ever advise you to withdraw money in this way, and would never ask you for personal details including your account number, card number, passwords pins or security numbers or words.

"If in any doubt always put down the phone on the caller and contact your bank or building society to confirm whether or not they have called you. If they haven't you can report the scam to your bank or to Action Fraud."

The phone number for Action Fraud, the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre, is 0300 123 2040.