A warning for people to remain vigilant has been issued by detectives following a woman in her seventies being targeted by a bogus police officer. The incident occurred on Thursday 5th February when the victim, from Burnley, has received a phone call from a man who purported to be a police officer and he informed the victim that money had been stolen from her account. The man has then told the victim to go to her bank and transfer money into another ‘safe’ account number that he had given her.
Police were alerted to this incident while the woman was inside the bank and before any money was transferred.
DS Tom Edmondson of Burnley CID said ‘This must have been an extremely distressing incident for the victim and fortunately the bank alerted the police to it before any money was actually transferred. It serves as a warning to residents to remain vigilant at all times. People who commit these offences often target elderly members of the community and pose as police officers to gain their confidence and trust. I would like to remind the public that no police officer or other official body will ever ask for your bank details or would ever ask you to withdraw or transfer funds.
‘If you have any information about this incident or suspect that you may have fallen victim to a similar deception then please contact police on 101.’
Anyone who has got any information can get in touch with police on 101 or alternatively they can get in touch with Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or they can go on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.