ISLE of Wight police have warned people to remain vigilant following scams involving fraudsters obtaining bank details using bogus telephone calls.
The warning was sparked by an elderly Ryde woman, who received a call from a man claiming to be a Metropolitan police officer.
The victim was told her credit cards had been used fraudulently. Fortunately she thought it sounded like a scam and gave no details and contacted police.
Det Insp Sue Orr, of Hampshire major investigation team, said: "People have lost large sums of cash as a result of this fraud as often the elderly and vulnerable are targeted.
"We want to warn residents these requests are not genuine and no police officer or bank would operate in this manner. Anyone who receives a suspicious call is urged not to give any details to the caller and report the matter to the police immediately."
She explained taxi drivers had been asked by fraudsters on the mainland to collect money from victims’ houses.
"Any courier companies or taxi drivers that may have been asked to pick up such packages in the area are also urged to report this to police," she said.
Police issued the following:
If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up and advise that you will call them back using the 101 number.
A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check. Call them back from a different phone if possible or wait at least ten minutes before making the call.
If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.
If someone comes to your door claiming to be a police officer or staff member, always ask for identification and make a note of their identification number. Ask them to wait while you verify their identity. Close the door and call 101.
Anyone who is concerned about similar incidents should contact police by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, please call 999.