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‘Be vigilant over phone scams’

Humberside police have revealed that criminal scammers are using sophisticated techniques to try and con victims out of their money by sending them into banks to transfer or withdraw cash. A spokesman told Beverley FM: “We’ve had reports of criminals calling the public posing as police officers, from financial institutions, fraud teams, and telephone companies in their attempts to try and get money from bank accounts.

“They’ll claim there’s a problem with insiders at the bank, hackers attacking the internet, an overpayment of a refund, or a police ‘investigation‘ for which they need help in tracking fraudsters or checking bank notes. Unsuspecting victims are asked to go into their bank while talking with the scammer on the phone and to stay on the line with them. They’ll be asked to avoid eye contact, talking with bank staff, or talking about what they’re doing as it could ‘jeopardise an investigation’.

They’ll also be told that they’re being watched and what to say if asked why the funds are being withdrawn or transferred.” Detective Sergeant Ivan Simms from Humberside Police’s Economic Crime Unit told us: “These fraudsters are targeting some of the most vulnerable people in our society and can be very persuasive and sound very convincing. Be aware and be vigilant. If you think anyone you know is being scammed or targeted in this way please make them aware of it and always call us.”