Police in banking phone scam warning

Lincolnshire Police
Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire Police have urged residents across the county to be on their guard after a Spalding couple fell victim to a banking fraudster.

The couple were contacted on their mobile phone on Wednesday afternoon by a man claiming to be from Lloyds TSB.

He advised them that their accounts were compromised following an internal investigation into a member of staff and that new accounts had been set up for them to transfer their money into.

“The man told the couple to phone him back using the number on the back of his bank card to verify his identity,” said police.

“But the call went straight through to [the scammer], suggesting that he was able to intercept the call by some means.

“The couple were told not to discuss the matter with branch staff when they went in to transfer the money, due to the internal investigation.

“Fortunately, a relative of the couple is a bank employee and, after suspicions were raised, was able to freeze the transfer,” they added.

The police have urged the public to visit their website for more information about how to protect themselves from scams and fraud. People can also visit the Action Fraud website by clicking here.