Crime prevention officers in E District, which covers Armagh, are reminding members of the public never to give out personal details over the phone to unsolicited callers.
The warning follows an incident where an elderly resident was phoned by a person who asked for bank details so they could forward money from a PPI claim. The resident had not made a PPI claim and police have described the claim as a scam.
A PSNI spokesperson said: “You should never, ever confirm any personal details to unknown callers. If you are unsure of a caller or feel that something is not right then ask for details to ascertain their identity. Ask where they are phoning from, where they have got your details from and where they have obtained your telephone number.
“Ask them if there is a number you can phone them back on or if there is another representative from their company that you can contact. Legitimate companies won’t have a problem with you calling them back. Never give your personal or bank details over the phone to an unsolicited caller.
“Police would encourage anyone who receives a call of this nature to terminate the call and contact police. If a caller display is available, note the incoming number and give it to police – this will help trace the origin of the call. Police can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.”