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Warning over scam callers who pose as Met officers

By Angela Rainey

Published 23/07/2016

The public has been warned about a phone scam in which a caller pretending to be from the Metropolitan Police asks for bank details
The public has been warned about a phone scam in which a caller pretending to be from the Metropolitan Police asks for bank details

The public has been warned about a phone scam in which a caller pretending to be from the Metropolitan Police asks for bank details.

The PSNI urged people not to engage with the hoax callers, who have already managed to convince one victim to hand over a large amount of cash.

The caller pretends to be an officer from the Metropolitan Police in London, claiming to be carrying out an investigation that requires the victim to reveal their bank details.

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

Detective Constable Stephen Crooks, from the PSNI's 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 101."

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