You may have already seen the below on our website/social media however I will make no apology for duplicating this information. We have had further reports and I would urge you all to have a read and ensure elderly relatives/neighbours/friends etc are aware of this very convincing scam!
News:- Police praise quick thinking Market Harborough residents
Two Market Harborough residents are being praised for their actions after their suspicions prevented them from becoming victims of a scam.
Both residents were contacted via telephone by someone claiming to be a police officer from the Metropolitan Police.
The calls were made around 10.30am today (Wednesday 11 December) within minutes of each other. The bogus police officer claimed the occupant’s bank accounts had been compromised.
The suspect advised them they can check his authenticity by calling 999 but that he would stay on the line while they did that. That is a common method used by fraudsters where they remain on the line and claim they are through to the appropriate service and the officer is genuine.
Luckily both residents became suspicious and reported their concerns to the police using a different telephone.
Last week the force issued a warning advising people about the scam and the steps to take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim.
These types of offences are commonly known as courier fraud and often elderly and vulnerable people are being targeted by the fraudsters.
We would urge anyone reading this to think about elderly relatives and neighbours and ensure they are aware of this scam. We know not everyone accesses information online so it’s important to pass this warning on.
Please visit Action Fraud on the below link for further information:
Message Sent By
Kelly Tones (Police, DNO, Eastern counties, leicestershire, )