Police investigating a telephone scam in which fraudsters claim to be police officers have arrested three men.
Detectives have been investigating a series of incidents across the Northumbria Police area in which conmen call members of the public and tell them their bank account is at risk of being hacked and money stolen.
They are told to contact their bank and withdraw all of the money from the account as soon as possible and that a police officer will come to their house, collect it and take statements.
They then arrange a date and time for an ‘officer’ or courier to come and pick the cash up and take a statement.
Three people have fallen victim to the con and handed over cash to the fraudsters.
Police arrested two men on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud on Thursday and a third man yesterday.