Police have launched an appeal after a ‘vulnerable elderly woman’ from Spilsby was scammed out of ‘many thousands of pounds’ by fraudsters.
Police are now warning others to be more vigilant.
They are also urging other potential victims to come forward.
The scam, which is increasingly common, involves the victim receiving a telephone call from someone claiming to be from their bank.
They are advised that their account has been compromised and funds should be transferred to a newly created account.
The scammer then tells the victim that they should keep the matter secret as staff at their branch are ‘under investigation’ and shouldn’t be tipped off.
Det Supt Paul Carville, from Skegness CID, said after the Spilsby woman fell victim to the fraudsters, and sent money via Moneygram to India, she was further targeted and told that she could receive a higher rate of interest on her savings if she transferred more funds.
He said: “This one incident has netted the scammers many thousands of pounds from a vulnerable elderly lady. We know that it is a very prolific fraud nationwide so there may be many more victims that we don’t know about. I would urge everyone to be alert to potential fraud and to help elderly relatives and neighbours by making sure they are aware of tactics used by callers. Report any suspicious activity to police or to Action Fraud.”
More information on how to protect yourself from fraud is available at the Bank Safe Online website by visiting www.banksafeonline.org.uk/common-scams. To report fraud call police on 101.