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Coronavirus (COVID-19): the policing response and what you need to know

Fake Police Calls

Watch out for fake calls (from a withheld number) by someone who says they’re a police officer, giving a name, police station and police ID, and claiming that you have been a victim or serious fraud on your bank account.  One victim was told by the fake police caller that they had arrested someone who had been using her bank card. He said that he didn’t want any card details but would put her on to a ‘secure line’ to her bank when she could give them the information they needed. He also gave her the name of the person they had in custody asking if she knew him or whether there was anyone in the household who knew him. This was a way of finding out about who she lived with.

Luckily the victim became suspicious at the mention of ‘secure line’ and hung up!

Never give out your bank details, pin or transfer money.

These callers have no connection with the police. The police or your bank will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, password, or to transfer money to another account to keep it safe.

Anyone who has given out their personal information to a caller they now think was a fraudster should contact their bank immediately.

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