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Telephone Fraud Warning

Alert message sent 23/01/2020 19:27:00

Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Police

Good evening

Over the past few days we have had reports of criminals trying to defraud older people over the telephone by phoning them up and claiming to be police officers.

If you receive an unsolicited telephone call from anyone claiming to be from the Police, then take the person's name, identification number, contact number and crime or incident reference number.

Use a different telephone to contact the police on 101 and give them the details that you have been given.  The officer on the telephone will be able to confirm whether this is a legitimate call and will be able to transfer you through to the officer.  It's important that you use a different telephone because criminals are able to make you believe that you have terminated a call and rung a different number, when you are in fact still connected to them.

The same principle will work with banks and other companies or agencies.  if in doubt, get their telephone number from Yellow Pages (or online) and telephone them.  Don't telephone the number that a caller gives you - it may just put you through to other criminals.

Please be aware, the police and your bank will never, ever ask you to transfer or withdraw money from your account and will not ask you for your account number and password.

If you have elderly neighbours then please warn them about scams like this

Stay safe
Rod Smart
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Roderick Smart (Police,Sergeant,Charnwood NPA, Loughborough, Leicestershire Police)

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