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PSNI warning after telephone scam victim loses 'substantial amount of money'

Published 22/07/2016

The PSNI are appealing for information
The PSNI are appealing for information

Police have issued a warning after a victim lost a substantial amount of money in a telephone scam.

The scam involves someone claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police calling people and telling them he is carrying out an investigation and needs to discuss the victim's bank details.

He then asks the victim to either transfer money or go to their bank and get money.

Police said there have been a number of reports of this scam in the past few days and at least one victim has lost a substantial amount of money.

Detective Constable Stephen Crooks, from PSNI Economic Crime Unit, said: “Police will never ask anyone for banking details over the phone or to withdraw money. If they do, it’s a scam.

"If anyone gets a phone call like this, or knows of a vulnerable friend or relative who’s had one, they should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.”

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