Con artists posing as police officers have been obtaining bank details from unwitting victims in the latest scam.
Leicestershire police say they have received reports of victims in Harborough and Loughborough.
The scam involves a bogus telephone caller impersonating a police officer and asking the victim to provide their bank details in order to put a stop to fraudulent activity on their account.
As part of the scam, the callers request the victims allow the collection of their bank cards via taxi for ‘safe keeping’.
In the incidents in Harborough and Loughborough, the false names Detective Constable John Asper and Detective Constable Rachel Gates were given to victims.
Inspector Paul McKinder, commander of Harborough police, said: “This is a nationwide problem. It is important to note that a police officer will at no time ask you for your bank details over the phone, and will not arrange to collect your bank cards as part of an investigation.”
Police say the matter is under investigation and urged anyone who is contacted by, or has any information about the suspects, to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.