A warning has been issued by police after two reports of telephone fraud in the Ripon area.
Elderly people have been targeted with unsolicited phone calls from a person purporting to be a police officer from another police force.
They have falsely informed the victims that their bank accounts have been compromised and there have been fraudulent transactions on their accounts.
The victims have been told to attend their banks and transfer money to a “secure bank account” to keep it safe.
On one occasion a taxi is believed to have been ordered to pick the victim up and take her to the bank to withdraw her funds. However, the police were alerted to the incidents before any money was transferred and are investigating both crimes.
Police officers will never ask members of the public to transfer their money to another account, nor will anyone else from a legitimate organisation.
PC Matthew Scott, of Ripon Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “These fraudsters often target elderly or vulnerable people in the community so it is also important that people remain vigilant of them targeting elderly members of their own family or their neighbours.
“If anyone does receive calls of a similar nature purporting to be from the police or any other agency asking them to transfer their money to another bank account they should finish the call immediately and contact the police.”
Anyone who has been targeted in a similar manner, or has any information about these frauds, is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the Force Control Room.
Officers have issued the following advice if anyone is contacted:
– Do not transfer money to an unknown bank account;
– Do not pass any personal information over the phone or in person to cold callers;
– Always check with your bank if you are called by anyone claiming to be from a bank fraud investigation team;
– When you make the phone call, ensure you have a dial tone before making the call;
– Always ensure you destroy or shred any documents containing personal information;
– Don’t use makeshift post boxes at the end of your drive where identity thieves can pick up your post.
If you believe you have been a victim of bank fraud contact your bank and then report it to the police on 101.