Police warning to elderly over bogus callers

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Police are reminding Northumberland residents to be on their guard after reports of bogus callers targeting elderly residents.

A further report was received yesterday of an incident where a resident has been asked to withdraw money from their bank account and hand over to a courier. This follows a number of reports received over the past few days where bogus callers have targeted residents claiming to be a police officer informing them of fraud on their bank accounts.

Detective Inspector Dave Swinburne, from Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “We urge all residents to remain vigilant and report any calls they receive of this nature to the police straight away. It’s important for residents to know that a police officer would never ask a member of the public to withdraw money or give any of their personal details over the phone.

“Please do not be fooled by these callers, even if they sound professional, and don’t be frightened to let them know you will make contact with either Northumbria Police or the Metropolitan Police to confirm their identity.

“Any genuine callers will not mind waiting while their identification is checked. Genuine callers will not mind being asked to come back at a different time so their identification can be checked or while arrangements are made for a relative or friend to be present when they come back.

“If anyone has any elderly or vulnerable relatives or friends we would ask them to remind them to be vigilant and be on their guard to bogus callers.”

Further information about bogus callers is available on the Northumbria Police website. If anyone has information about the identity of the men they are asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestopppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.