Warning over scammers pretending to be police officers in Peterborough

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Friday 4.30pm: Residents in Peterborough are being warned over a scam which sees fraudsters pose as police officers

Three people from the city are the latest victims after they were targeted yesterday (January 22).

One woman was told by someone claiming to be DCI Robert Lawrence that someone was using her bank details in Argos, while another was told by someone claiming to be DI Alan Finn saying her card had been cloned and they had a man in custody.

She was told she needed to contact her bank immediately and cancel the card. She later received a call to say a courier would come to collect the card from her.

After becoming suspicious about these calls, both women contacted police to report the incidents. In both cases no money was taken from the victims’ accounts.

The third victim, an elderly man, was contacted by someone claiming to be DC Robert Loveridge from the Metropolitan Police saying his card has been cloned and they will send a courier round to collect it.

A courier arrived and took the victim to his bank where he withdrew and handed over approximately £2,500 as requested by the courier.

Detective Inspector Tim Nasta said: “If anyone is contacted by someone claiming to a police officer who tells them their bank account has been fraudulently used, I would urge them to contact police immediately.

“The fraudsters can be very persuasive and often victims don’t realise they have been scammed. Thankfully two of the latest victims did not fall foul of this scam and notified us straight away.

“We are working hard to find out who is committing these crimes but we’re also keen to prevent any further people becoming victims.

“I would urge everyone to speak to anyone who is vulnerable, relatives or neighbours and remind them not to trust anyone over the phone, without checking their legitimacy first.

“They should also never give any bank cards, cash or valuables to anyone at the door, even if they say they are from your bank or the police.”

To report an incident in action or if you are in immediate danger always call 999, if it is after the event you should call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.