Police warning over fraudsters’ new scam

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FRAUDSTERS are fleecing people by pretending to be police officers and asking them to transfer large amounts of cash from their accounts.

A warning has been put out by Hampshire Constabulary after three people were arrested on suspicion of courier fraud.

The scam involves a person phoning a victim and pretending to be a police officer from the Metropolitan Police.

The caller says they are investigating a fraud and request the individual 
withdraws a significant quantity of cash from their bank account.

In order to reassure the victim they are genuine, they suggest the victim hangs up the phone and rings their bank or police back straight away.

But the offender does not disconnect the call from their end so when the victim dials the number for the police or bank, they are still speaking to the fraudster.

They then ask the victim to withdraw thousands of pounds from their account and send a courier to collect it.

Anyone concerned about similar incidents or has information relating to this warning should contact police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

If a crime is in progress, then call 999.