Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Fake Police Call

We're urging you to be vigilant after a man in his 70s received a call from ‘police officers’ in Fenland on 22nd June

The man, who lives in March, was told he’d be taken on a trip to Spain but to do so, he needed to go and draw out more than £3,500 from his bank.

He was urged not to tell police or bank staff about the phone call and, if asked, to say he needed the money for his ‘holiday’. He was also asked to keep the ‘officers’ on the phone for when he returned home, where he’d then get further instructions.

Luckily, this didn’t feel quite right to the man who flagged his suspicions up to a familiar staff member at the bank.

Officers visited the bank and accompanied the man home. The scammers waiting on the end of the phone hung up when an officer told them he was the man’s son.

A crime report has been raised with Action Fraud. Our message is simple: if it seems too good to be true - it probably is. We, local authorities or your bank would never ask for:

- Your bank account details or PIN number over the phone
- You to withdraw money and send it via a courier, taxi or by any other means
- You to send your bank cards or any other personal property via courier, taxi other by any other means

For more advice surrounding scams and what to look out for, visit: https://www.cambs.police.uk/A-Z/Scams