A BOGUS police officer swindled elderly people out of cash after claiming they were investigating a fraud.
Detectives are advising people to be on their guard after two recent occasions where victims were targeted.
In both cases the victims, who live in Durham city, were contacted over the phone by a man claiming to be from the police in the London area, investigating a fraud.
The man was able to convince them to move money from their bank accounts into other accounts, under the premise that the victims’ accounts were unsafe and being targeted. The cash was then siphoned off electronically, leaving the victims thousands of pounds out of pocket.
The bogus officer is described as having a ‘non-local’ accent and enquiries are under way to see if the stolen money can be traced.
Detective Sergeant Martin Wilson said: “The police would never ring members of public asking for bank details or ask them to transfer money from their accounts.
“I would urge people to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to us via 101.”
There have also been a number of similar incidents recently in other parts of the country, including the Northumbria Police area.