Fraudsters are posing as police officers and bank officials to steal cash from victims in the latest scam to hit Gedling borough, police say.
Criminals are carrying out ‘courier’ fraud by cold calling the victim, pretending to be a police officer or bank worker in a bid to gain their trust.
They then convince the victim that they are assisting the police or bank in their enquiries and to do this they need to withdraw large amounts of cash and/or purchase foreign currency or expensive jewellery such as Rolex watches.
Fraudsters will then arrange a password with the victim before sending a courier (who will be part of the criminal group) to collect the cash or jewellery from their home address.
Nottinghamshire Police is now encouraging people in the borough to protect themselves and others by sharing the following information:
- If you are in doubt over a call, hang up, WAIT (the length of time it takes to make a cup of tea) and phone the police – you will hear a pre-recorded message from the operator when dialling 101
- Tell relatives or people who you think could be vulnerable about the scam
- Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed about being defrauded, it can and does happen to anyone
Detective Sergeant Kate Savage, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Fraudsters can be incredibly deceptive in their methods but there are plenty of ways in which you can protect yourself against them.
“We are always on hand to help anyone with advice but if you are a victim of fraud, you must report it to Action Fraud as soon as possible.”
To report fraud, head to https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.