Police issue warning after fraudulent telephone calls to residents on the Isle of Wight

Police are issuing a warning today following reports of fraudulent telephone calls to residents on the Isle of Wight .
We have issued advice about these scams before, where a person purporting to be a ‘police officer from the Met’ calls your home and asks you to help with an investigation, however these fraudsters continue to target people in Hampshire and UK wide.
The bogus ‘officer’ says that they need you to withdraw money from your bank account. Often they’ll say that they have detected fraudulent activity on your account, either that your card has been cloned and the money needs to be withdrawn before someone spends it – or the money in your account is counterfeit and they need it as evidence for an investigation.
They then arrange a ‘courier’ to pick up the cash from you. They are very convincing and unfortunately it means people end up handing over thousands of pounds.
Although anyone can fall for a scam, some people are more vulnerable. Often older or elderly people are targeted.
If you are a carer, relative, friend or neighbour of someone who is vulnerable, you might be the only person who can stop them from being scammed. Talk to them and make sure they know what to look out for when it comes to scams.
Just remember, police officers, banks, or any other authority figure will not call you and ask you for your bank details, personal, or financial information.
You can make yourself aware of this type of scam and how to protect yourself against them by visiting the Action Fraud or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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