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Fake police officer tricks Stafford man into sharing bank details

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

By Kerry Ashdown

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A STAFFORD man is out of pocket after a conman pretending to be a police officer tricked him into revealing his bank details.

Residents have been warned about the scam by Staffordshire Police after two people reported receiving a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer.

A police spokeswoman said: “During the conversation the man requested bank details from the occupants of the homes, claiming that someone was in custody, someone had tried to buy items on a bank card or a bank card had been found and police were investigating and needed to have the cards for forensic examinations.

“The caller said they would send a courier to pick up debit or credit cards and gave a password for the exchange. This is a scam.

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“One of the people contacted gave details to the caller and his cards to the alleged courier. Unfortunately, the offenders then withdrew money from both of the accounts.

“Please be advised that police would never ask for bank details over the phone.”

Police have urged residents not to give out personal details over the phone or let any unexpected callers into their home who cannot give ID that can be checked and verified.

Anyone who received a suspicious caller should call police on 101.

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