Warning over attempted bogus police fraud

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Detectives are warning people to remain vigilant after a woman in her 70s was targeted by a bogus police officer.

The incident happened on Thursday when the victim, who is from Burnley, received a phone call from a man purporting to be a police officer.

He informed her that money had been stolen from her account. He then told her to go to the bank to transfer money into another “safe” account number that he gave her.

Police were alerted to the incident while the woman was inside the bank and no money was transferred.

Officers are urging residents to remain alert to the scam, which follows a series of similar offences involving bogus police officers that took place last year.

Det. Sgt Tom Edmondson, of Burnley CID, said: “This must have been an extremely distressing incident for the victim and fortunately the bank alerted the police to it before any money was actually transferred.

“It serves as a warning to residents to remain vigilant at all times. People who commit these offences often target elderly members of the community and pose as police officers to gain their confidence and trust. I would like to remind the public that no police officer or other official body will ever ask for your bank details or would ever ask you to withdraw or transfer funds.

“If you have any information about this incident or suspect that you may have fallen victim to a similar deception then please contact police on 101.”

Anybody with information can contact police on 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.