POLICE are warning resididents to be on theig guard after being made aware of a reoccurring crime where fraudsters are cold calling victims purporting to be police officers with the intention of obtaining personal/financial information and money.
In the latest twist of the crime, Victims have received a phone call from a fraudster who tells them they are speaking to a police officer from Greater Manchester Police and that they need them to assist in an undercover investigation.
Victims are requested to withdraw cash from their bank accounts which is then collected by a courier later that day.
Residenrs should keep the following in mind:
- The police or your bank would never ask someone to aid an investigation by withdrawing or transferring money.
- Never give out or confirm personal and/or financial information to anyone over the phone.
If you receive one of these calls, end it immediately and call your local police on 101 if they have stated they are coming to collect the money or if this is not the case, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.