“The Banking Protocol is a hugely important scheme in terms of preventing fraud.
“Almost 400 calls have been made to Derbyshire Constabulary since the scheme was rolled out in 2017, preventing in the region of £1,164,052 of fraud.
“This breaks down to an average of £2,924 of fraud being prevented per call. There have also been 17 arrests related to the banking protocol being employed in the county.
“Fraudsters often deliberately target those who are elderly and vulnerable, and having trained staff available to recognise when this might be happening within banks ensures that we can add an extra layer of protection for those who most need it.
“If you have elderly or vulnerable friends or relatives, I would urge you to talk to them about this type of fraud and the questions they may get asked when they visit their bank and why.
“If you suspect you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact us using one of the following methods.”
Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
Phone – call us on 101.
For advice, tips and information about the latest frauds in Derbyshire you can also follow @DerPolFraud on Twitter. Please do not report crime here as the account is not monitored 24/7.