Fraudster tries to con people out of money in Derby
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People living in Derby are being alerted to a scam in which a fraudster poses as a police officer to con them out of cash.
We have received three reports in the last two days and are urging people to be vigilant.
A man claiming to be a DC Matthew Phillips has telephoned people, telling them there is fraudulent activity on their bank account and they need to withdraw cash and meet someone in order to hand the money over.
If you receive such a call you should not give out any personal information and hang up the call immediately.
The police will never contact you asking for banking information or request that you withdraw money from an account, purchase gold bullion or high-value jewellery to aid an investigation.
Fraudsters often target geographical areas where they know elderly or vulnerable people live, so we would ask that if you have family or friends who are vulnerable in any way that you make them aware of this scam.
If you, or someone you know, receives a call of this nature please contact us as soon as possible. We will then assess the area that is being targeted, alert the banks and endeavour to protect other local residents to prevent any financial loss.
Should you receive one of these calls, we advise you to end the call, wait five minutes and ensure you can hear a dial tone before calling us on 101. To call your bank, please use the number found on the back of your card. All reports of this nature also need to be reported to Action Fraud 0300 120 2040 or online https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
You can contact Derbyshire police via the following methods:
Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact