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Public urged to be vigilant after scam caller claimed to be police officer


Detectives are urging the public to be extra vigilant following a recent scam in which the caller claimed to be a police officer.


The reminder comes after police were alerted yesterday (Thursday 18 February) that a woman, in east Belfast, had been tricked into parting with a sum of money.


Detective Chief Inspector Ian Wilson said: “In this case, a woman – aged in her 70s – was persuaded to hand over her bank card, bank details, and a sum of money by an imposter who, via telephone, claimed to be a police officer.


“I’m keen to, first of all, stress that police will never ask for your bank details, or money. Please never allow any unauthorised person to have access to such details.


“Fraudsters will use any means possible – whether it’s telephone, mail or online – to trick people. While scams may come in all shapes and sizes, they have one thing in common – scammers rely upon the good faith and vulnerability of those they target. Hard-earned savings can too easily be gone in a flash and, with it, one’s confidence.


“If you get a call of this nature, please put the phone down and report the call via our 101 system. Do not provide any personal details to the caller.


“I’m also appealing to people to remind their loves ones and neighbours, especially those who are older and vulnerable, to never give out any kind of financial details unless they are 100% sure it is safe to do so. Never be pressurised into a financial transaction and always err on the side of caution.”


Anyone concerned they have been a victim of a scam can report the matter to Action Fraud via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk or by phoning 0300 123 2040. Police can be contacted on the non-emergency number 101.


For further advice and information visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page @scamwiseni

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