Warning as scammers pose as police
A scam in which criminals pose as police and ask victims to take part in a fake undercover operation is becoming a growing problem, according to a finance industry trade body.
UK Finance said it is receiving growing numbers of reports of the scam, with victims often losing large amounts of money.
The scam sees fraudsters contacting victims, usually by phone, purporting to be from the police, or in some cases the fraud team at their bank.
Katy Worobec, head of fraud and financial crime prevention, cyber and data sharing at UK Finance, said: “This is a particularly nasty scam as it plays on people’s public-spirited nature to assist the police.”