Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Scam: Police Impersonation Calls

Over the last few weeks Action Fraud has seen an increase in the number of calls received by members of the public stating they have been contacted by a “DC Morris from Hammersmith Police Station”.

This so called Police Officer claims he is investigating the unauthorised use of the callers bank card.

This is a SCAM and if you receive a call of this nature please terminate the call immediately and do not give any information.

This type of call is linked to Courier Fraud, and the victim will be encouraged to help police in an investigation, they are usually asked to withdraw funds from their bank account and/or give bank cards to a courier arranged by the police officer.

The whole time the victim is encouraged by this so called Police Officer to tell no-one of their involvement as it could jeopardise the investigation.  The so-called Police Officer has used many names eg: DC Morris, DC Ryan, DC Clarke and Sgt Wiggins

The Police will never contact you and ask you for banking information or request you withdraw money from your account to help with an investigation”

Police often find fraudsters target geographical areas, in particular the elderly. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a Police Officer who is investigating unauthorised use of your bank cards you are advised to make contact with Derbyshire Constabulary as soon as possible.  They will aim to assess the area the criminals are targeting, alert banks in the area, protect residents in the area, and prevent financial losses.

Derbyshire Constabulary can be contacted in a number of ways:

Online: https://www.derbyshire.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/
Twitter: @DerPolContact
Facebook: @derbyshirecontabulary
By phone 101 *calls to 101 cost 15 pence per call from landlines and mobiles, no matter how long you’re on the phone.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can also text on 07800 002414 or email: deafsms@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk

Derbyshire Police advice – on receiving a call of this nature please terminate the call, wait 5 minutes and ensure you can hear a dial tone before calling 101.

All reports of this nature also need to be reported to Action Fraud 0300 120 2040 or online https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

One thought on “Scam: Police Impersonation Calls

  • Peter White

    Should Police be informed of the number from which the call comes – note it down and tell them

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