Derbyshire residents are being urged to be vigilant to a new courier scam in which fraudsters pretend to be police officers to obtain financial details.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have received reports of fraudsters cold calling people and identifying themselves as Detective Constable Martin Benton of New Scotland Yard fraud department.
The fraudsters then use the false identity to try and convince members of the public to hand over their credit or debit cards and personal banking information to a courier.
Police are urging anyone who receives a call from someone taking on this identity to terminate the call immediately and report it to Action Fraud.
Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Constabulary Economic Crime Unit, said: “Never give out your card details, PIN or bank card to anyone and always end any suspicious calls immediately before reporting the incident.
“Remember, the police will not cold call about a suspected offence, the banks will never suggest for you to hand your card to a courier and the banks and police would never ask for your PIN or bank card.”
For more advice about fraud, see www.derbyshire.police.uk/stampoutfraud.
If you think you have been a victim of this type of fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.