Bogus calls targeting the elderly

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Police are urging residents to be on their guard after an increase in bogus callers targeting elderly residents.

A report was received by police on Friday of an incident where a resident was asked to withdraw money from their bank account and hand it over to a courier.

This follows a number of reports received recently across the county where bogus callers have targeted residents claiming to be a police officer informing them of fraud on their bank accounts.

Detective Inspector Dave Swinburne, from Northumbria Police’s major crime team, said: “We urge all residents to remain vigilant and report any calls they receive of this nature to the police straight away.

“It’s important for residents to know that a police officer would never ask a member of the public to withdraw money or give any of their personal details over the phone.

“Please do not be fooled by these callers, even if they sound professional, and don’t be frightened to let them know you will make contact with either NorthumbriaPolice or the Metropolitan Police to confirm their identity.”

“Any genuine callers will not mind waiting while their identification is checked,” he added.

If anyone has information about the identity of the men they should contact Northumbria Police on 101.