Police issue warning about telephone calls from bogus Police Officials
19th April 2011
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Police issue warning about telephone calls from bogus

Police Officials 

Leicestershire Constabulary has issued a warning to members of the public about telephone calls from people posing as police officials. 

Officers are currently investigating two incidents where elderly people have received telephone calls from people claiming they are from the fraud squad in London and are investigating financial organisations. 

The caller requests personal details from the victim and requests that they withdraw a large amount of money from their account and meet them at a given location. 

Fortunately in both cases the victims became suspicious of the telephone call and reported the matter to the police. 

PC Wesley Nelson is investigating the incidents, he said:  “From enquiries we’ve conducted so far it’s believed the telephone calls may have been made from abroad but the numbers registering in the telephones are London numbers. 

“We have determined that the numbers are registered to customers abroad which is a legitimate practice and one that telephone service providers use on a regular basis. 

“We would advise anyone who receives a similar telephone call to never disclose personal details to the caller or agree to hand money over, organisations such as the serious fraud office would not contact the public direct, they would liaise with the local police force.” 

If you have been the victim of a similar crime or you have concerns about a call you have received then please contact Leicestershire Constabulary on (0116) 222 2222 or Crimestoppers, which is free* and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.


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