‘Sock It to the Scammers’ say Derbyshire Police

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Wed 3rd January 2024

Police are urging residents across Derbyshire to be aware of scammers who are pretending to be police officers.
A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “We are urging people to stay vigilant against scammers pretending to be police officers, following recent phone calls made to people in Derbyshire.
“The calls, which took place in the Mickleover and Allestree, involved a call out of the blue falsely claiming to be Derbyshire police officers called Officer Wilcox and PC Anderton.
“The scammer claimed there had been suspicious bank activity from the potential victims and asked to meet them near a local police station.
“Scams like these will rely on the victim cooperating by giving details, bank cards or cash to the ‘officer’ or a courier.
“Fortunately, in each of these cases details were not provided and the victim called us to confirm whether the officer was legitimate before providing any details or attending the meeting.”
Detective Sergeant Emily Kershaw said: “If you receive a call out of the blue, always remain cautious and to remember to stop, think and tell.
“As officers, we will never ask for personal or financial details like bank card numbers or account codes, and police or banks will never need to collect your bank cards to investigate fraud. We would always recommend contacting us via non-emergency means to verify that an officer and their enquiries are genuine.”
DS Kershaw added: “Please also make sure you share this message with friends and family, in particular with any older or potentially vulnerable relatives and neighbours, to ensure they know how to best protect themselves from these types of schemes.”
Derbyshire Police are currently raising awareness of this type of crime with their ‘Sock It To The Scammers’ campaign, featuring a pink sock puppet named Claude.
The Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “If you haven’t yet seen Claude, you can watch our video on our website.”
To avoid becoming a victim of a police impersonation scam, remember:
Police will never call out of the blue, request secure lines or personal information. They’ll never ask you to transfer money to another account, hand over cash or bank cards to a courier, or a pay a fine or fee over the phone. If someone asks you to do this, it’s a scam.
If an officer contacts you in person, they will show you their warrant card. This is proof of their identify and authority.
If someone has called you and you are unsure if they are a genuine police officer, you can hang up and call police on 101 to check their identity.
It’s recommended you wait at least five minutes and make sure you can hear a dialling tone before you call, as there have been cases of fraudsters keeping the line open after a victim has hung up.
People can find further information on how to check a Derbyshire Police officer’s identify on the Derbyshire Constabulary website.
The spokesman added: “If you think you’ve been approached or contacted by a scammer, you can report it by contacting us via our website, our social media pages, or by calling 101.
“Alternatively contact Action Fraud, the national reporting centre, online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
“You can also anonymously contact the independent charity CrimeStoppers, on 0800 555 111, or by visiting the CrimeStoppers website.”
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