Warning issued after vulnerable pair asked for bank details by people pretending to be police officers

Police news.
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Police have issued a warning after two elderly Skegness residents were contacted by people pretending to be a police officer and asking for bank details.

Officers have issued an ‘urgent reminder’ to all members of the public that a legitimate police officer will never ring them and ask for bank details after two attempts were made on vulnerable people in Skegness this afternoon (Wednesday).

The first incident was reported just after 3.30pm after a woman, aged in her 70s, received a phone call from a man saying he was from central London Police and he needed her bank details because of some problems with her account.

In a second incident, involving a man in his 70s and reported at 3.55pm, he was contacted by someone pretending to be a police officer who claimed another individual had been caught using the man’s card. The man called his bank and the police.

A police spokesman said: “Lincolnshire Police are investigating the incidents and would like to make absolutely clear to any elderly or vulnerable people, and any family or carers, that a legitimate police officer will never call you and ask for bank or personal details. If you receive any calls like this please do not give out any information and report it to police as soon as possible on 101.”