Scam­mers are pos­ing as po­lice

Burton Mail - - News -

DE­TEC­TIVES are warn­ing peo­ple in Der­byshire to be on the alert against a scam which has seen vul­ner­a­ble vic­tims shell out more than £20,000 to con­fi­dence trick­sters pos­ing as po­lice of­fi­cers.

Der­byshire Po­lice say three vic­tims have al­ready come for­ward about the scam, which saw one per­son hand over £16,000 to scam­mers.

The con artists, pos­ing as po­lice of­fi­cers, told the vic­tims they had been a vic­tim of fraud and needed help to track down those re­spon­si­ble, and asked them to with­draw cash.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Deb­bie King said: “Each of our vic­tims thought they were do­ing their civic duty and help­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer catch a fraud­ster – the re­al­ity is much dif­fer­ent.

“I would urge any­one who has been ap­proached by these crim­i­nals to con­tact us on 101 im­me­di­ately and not to en­gage with them.”

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