Fraudsters have been calling OAPs in the Nuneaton area pretending to be police officers or government officials.
Two elderly Nuneaton ladies reported being contacted by bogus officials last month, fortunately both refused to hand over their bank details. Police have now launched a sting, code named Project Prospero to put a stop to people falling victim in the future.
Under Project Prospero the Police want to combat all forms of frauds and scams. The sting works in conjunction with Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre. The team will be working with charities and care providers to spread the word about fraud prevention, distribute phone stickers, produce information leaflets and pay visits to those most at risk.
There are many scams used to deliberately target old or vulnerable people, see below for some examples:
- A phone caller pretends to be a police officer who is investigating corrupt bank staff or a bank investigating it’s own staff.
- The caller will tell the victim their account has been subject to fraud and that they must co-operate with the ‘investigation.’ The victim is then persuaded to withdraw funds and hand them over to ‘investigators.’ either by some remote means or in person to a courier.
- The victim may be asked to hand over bank cards, vouchers or other valuable items. They may also be asked to transfer funds to another account, which is controlled by the fraudsters.
- The fraudster may give (alleged) crime numbers, investigation details and job titles. They will always claim that the transaction must be done in secret. The fraudsters condition their victim not to trust bank staff, which can make it hard for those staff to help.
If you receive a similar phone call or one that makes you suspicious simply hang up, don’t provide any personal details and report the call to Action Fraud either online or call 030 0123 2040.