Police are advising people to be on their guard following a report of attempted fraud in County Down, with the fraudster posing as a police officer.
A man in his 70’s was targeted in the attempted scam, however was aware that the caller was not legitimate and alerted police.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Commander Superintendent Norman Haslett said: “The number from which they are calling may look authentic and the fraudsters will ask for the person’s bank details whilst on the phone or may even request that they go into their branch during the call with them.
“I am advising the public that Police will never call you and ask for bank details or to transfer money. It is vital people remember this to prevent any further cases happening.
“If you get a similar call please put the phone down and report the call via our 101 system. Do not provide any personal details to the caller.
“Our message is simple – never disclose your personal or banking details to anyone over the phone or online, no matter how convincing they may seem, and never allow an unauthorised person to have access to such details.
“Guarding your personal and banking details is essential. Never disclose them to any unauthorised person or allow anyone access to them via your computer.
“If you have received a call of this kind or are concerned by the intent of unsolicited calls, emails or letters then please report it to Action Fraud via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk or by phoning 0300 123 2040, or call police on the non-emergency number 101.
“For further advice and information visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page @scamwiseni . ScamwiseNI have recently issued some helpful videos which show how these type of scams can take place and the terrible impacts for the victims.”
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