To avoid becoming a victim of a police impersonation scam, remember:
Police will never call out of the blue, request secure lines or personal information. They’ll never ask you to transfer money to another account, hand over cash or bank cards to a courier, or a pay a fine or fee over the phone. If someone asks you to do this, it's a scam.
If an officer contacts you in person, they will show you their warrant card. This is proof of their identify and authority.
If someone has called you and you are unsure if they are a genuine police officer, you can hang up and call police on 101 to check their identity.
It’s recommended you wait at least five minutes and make sure you can hear a dialling tone before you call, as there have been cases of fraudsters keeping the line open after a victim has hung up.
If you think you've been approached or contacted by a scammer, you can report it by contacting us on the details below, or to Action Fraud, the national reporting centre, online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or on 0300 123 2040: