POLICE in North West Leicestershire are urging people to be ‘extra vigilant’ following a national telephone scam that is currently being used in the area.
Leicestershire Police is raising awareness of the scam which involves a bogus telephone caller impersonating a police officer and asking the victim to provide their bank details in order to put a stop to fraudulent activity on their account.
As part of the scam, the callers request the victims allow the collection of their bank cards via taxi for ‘safe keeping’.
Leicestershire Police has been made aware of recent victims across the force area including Ashby, Measham and Moira.
Derbyshire Police has also revealed that it has received reports of the scam starting to be used in South Derbyshire.
A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “This is a nationwide problem.
“It is important to note that a police officer will at no time ask you for your bank details over the phone, and will not arrange to collect your bank cards as part of an investigation.”
The false names being used as part of the scam are Detective Constable John Asper and Detective Constable Rachel Gates.
A spokesman added: “The matter is currently under investigation in North West Leicestershire.”
Anyone who is contacted by, or has any information about the suspects, is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Both forces are also urging people to ignore another email based scam claiming to originate from the police
This has seen people receiving emails supposedly from the police warning them about a scam/potentially dangerous incident.
A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “A lot of the information contained in these emails are urban myths, such as, if you are being forced to take money out at a cash machine, put your pin in backwards and the police will be notified. This is not true.
“There are occasions when although the content of the email is not necessarily true, the advice is good sensible advice.
“This should be followed and be things such as locking car doors or being careful while out at night.
“It would be very rare for police to circulate such emails, all press releases are done via the force’s websites or through local and national media outlets.”