#romancescams | PSNI scam alert issued as fraudsters pretend to be police officers

A fraud warning has been issued after scammers pretended to be police based in East Belfast and asked people to “leave their bank card in their post box”.

The PSNI are calling on the public to be “extra vigilant” after receiving a number of calls about the attempt to steal money from victims.

Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said: “We received a number of calls of people being contacted by fraudsters claiming to be a Fraud Liaison officer from the PSNI’s team at Strandtown. The scammer asked for their bank details and even asked for the person to leave their bank card in their post box.

“Police will never call you and ask for bank details. They will never ask you to leave a bank card in a post box.

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

“Fraudsters will stop at nothing in an attempt to dupe people because of the variety of scams employed, including on the phone, or via email and to the more sophisticated scams where people become victims of romance or investment scams.

“No matter what type of scam it is and the different methods employed, a common element shared by scammers is they will go to great lengths to trick people and take advantage of their vulnerability and good faith and these latest reports show this, having pretending to be a police officer.

“Our message is simple – never disclose your personal or banking details to anyone over the phone or online, no matter how convincing they may seem, and never allow an unauthorised person to have access to such details.

“Guarding your personal and banking details is essential. Never disclose them to any unauthorised person or allow anyone access to them via your computer.”

The senior officer added that if people have received a “call of this kind or are concerned by the intent of unsolicited calls, emails or letters then please report it to Action Fraud via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk or by phoning 0300 123 2040, or call police on the non-emergency number 101”.

The PSNI says that for further advice and information people can visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page @scamwiseni.




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