Warn­ing as scam­mers pose as police

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

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.”

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