Police warn elderly people in Hertfordshire are still being targeted by phone scammers

PUBLISHED: 14:35 13 February 2014 | UPDATED: 14:35 13 February 2014

Police have been called after 13 attempted phone scams this year

Police have been called after 13 attempted phone scams this year

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Elderly people are still being targeted by fraudsters pretending to be police officers and demanding bank details.

This week officers renewed an information following a string of phone calls.

Operation Policy is the investigation into the fraudulent phone calls which sees offenders calling people, pretending to be a police officer and requesting bank details and bank cards.

Victims are also being told to withdraw large sums of money.

In an incident in Hatfield on January 13, a man in his 80s was called by a man claiming to be a police officer, who told that he had arrested someone trying to take money from his account.

He then encouraged the victim to withdraw a large amount of cash from his bank which was later picked up by a courier.

Three further calls in Hatfield were reported the same day.

All residents refused to part with their details.

Since the beginning of the year, 13 reports have been made to police of scam phone calls in Welwyn Hatfield, accounting for half of all reports made across the county.

Chief Inspector for Welwyn Hatfield, Jo Walker said: “It’s incredibly sad to get a report where the victim has handed over a large sum of money, only to realise afterwards that they have been the victim.

“Whilst my officers are working hard to identify the offenders, it is so important that we make as many people aware as possible that this is taking place.

“It could be your parent or grandparent targeted so we would ask that you remind them that police officers would not ask people to reveal their personal bank account details, including PIN numbers.

“And we would never ask someone to withdraw money.”


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