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Warning over police impersonation fraud

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Lincolnshire police have issued a warning to members of the public to be on the lookout following several reports of police impersonation fraud across the county.

Criminals posing as police officers are telephoning people, asking victims to withdraw or transfer money, or to provide bank details.

In some instances the criminals have asked victims to buy high-value goods, such as jewellery, for collection.

A police spokesperson said: "Please be aware that this is fraud.

"A police officer would never ask someone to do any of the above.

"We are also asking for members of the public to make their elderly family members and friends aware of this fraud, and to raise as much awareness as possible."

Nicholas Bates, from the Force's Crime Prevention Team, said: “We have recently seen an increase in reports of these calls, which are being made to people across Lincolnshire.

“Often, it is the elderly who are targeted.

“If you have a relative or friend who you think could be vulnerable to these calls, please speak to them and make them aware of this fraud.”

The warning comes after an elderly man was recently stopped from drawing a large amount of money from a bank in High Street, Stamford.

Community policing inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, Inspector Ian Martin, said tellers had become concerned for the elderly man and alerted police.

"Someone had called him earlier saying they were a police officer from Westminster and told him he had been a victim of crime but they had arrested the fraudster," said Inspector Martin.

"They told the gentleman that in order for him not to be a victim of any further crime, he had to draw the money and they would collect it from his home."

"Staff were concerned for the reasons behind the withdrawal and informed police," he said.

"Officers attended the scene to safeguard the victim and liaised with Cambridgeshire police to ensure that if anyone went to his address they would be dealt with."

Inspector Martin said that if anyone got a call from someone saying they are a police officer and were are asking for money it was not genuine.

"No police officer will do that," he said.

- If you receive a call and are unsure, please hang up the phone immediately and call 101 on a different line. You can also report the call to Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.

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