Warning over bogus police officer in phone scam
Police have warned the public to be on their guard against a
bogus police officer who attempts to use the non-emergency number
101 to steal bank details.
The man is known to call people at random and tell them their
bank details had been found in possession of arrested suspects.
In an attempt to verify that he was a genuine officer he gave
the name of Sgt James Hackett (no such officer exists) and invited
his intended victim to call him back urgently, within five minutes,
on the police 101 number.
One victim did call him back to find out more but became
suspicious because there was no ring tone and no extension number
was given. He hung up immediately. Another victim was tricked into
Tony Ellis, the crime reduction officer for Epping Forest
district, said: "We are aware of two cases where this trickster
tried to obtain his victim’s bank details. In one he succeeded.
"These calls can immediately be identified as fraudulent because
we would never ask for bank details over the telephone. This man
might use many other aliases and try different stories but the
single rule that will prevent you from becoming the victim of this
type of con is very simple….under no circumstances whatsoever must
you give your banking details to anyone asking for them
particularly over the telephone.
"If you receive a call of this nature please note what the
caller says. If you suspect the caller in any way, discontinue the
conversation and call me on 101 extension 319383.”