Warning after people posing as police officers in east Kent
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On each occasion the victim reported they were contacted by someone impersonating a police officer from London, stating they have arrested someone with payment cards in the victim’s name.
The victim was then asked to either transfer money or withdraw money from the bank account and to purchase high value items to assist with the investigation and that a courier would then collect these items.
Detective Sergeant Marc Cananur from the Economic Crime Unit said: ‘Thankfully on these occasions no money was handed over, but these incidents can cause stress and anxiety.
‘A police force will never ask a member of the public for their bank details or money over the phone. Neither will they ask you to withdraw cash or purchase high value items or hand over your credit/debit cards to a courier to assist with an investigation.
- Never hand over any money, or other items, to a courier after receiving this type of call.
- If you are not confident a person claiming to be a police officer is genuine, ask to take their details and then end the call.
- You can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or report suspicious activity online by visiting their website.
- The matter can also be reported to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or by using the online form.