A scam caller pretending to be a member of the Metropolitan Police’s Fraud Squad has been targeting residents.
Police, who have received two reports about the scam caller in the past week, said the male caller claims to be investigating a major fraud case.
He says the victim’s bank account has been compromised and they should move their money immediately to a ‘secret bank account’. The caller has on both occasions referred to himself as Detective Constable David Warren.
One woman was called by the fraudster and persuaded to transfer £20,000 into a ‘secret police account’.
Details regarding both incidents have been passed to Action Fraud.
Inspector Jon Sherlock from Cumbria Police said: “Police officers will always identify themselves by name and the station they are attached to, they will never ask for your bank details.
“Unfortunately there are people out there who will attempt to obtain information fraudulently.
“I strongly advise anyone who receives calls like this to hang up immediately.
“If you are ever unsure if a call from the police is genuine, ask for the person’s name, collar number and station attached to, then hang up.
“Using a different phone, as the caller may still be linked to yours, dial 101 and ask for that specific person – if they are genuine, the Communications Centre will be able to put you through to them.”
For more advice contact Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.org.uk or telephone the hotline on 0300 123 2040.