Police impersonation fraud warning for South Holland
Elderly people in South Holland are being warned about fraudsters trying to trick them out of their cash by claiming to be from the police.
A report of an elderly victim in the area having lost a "considerable amount of money" after they were told to withdraw cash from their account by someone claiming to be a police officer was received by police yesterday (Thursday).
The money was eventually picked up and police are treating it as a case of "impersonation fraud".
Inspector Gareth Boxall, neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland, said: "This is the latest in a number of reports we have had in Lincolnshire over the past few months of fraudsters who are targeting elderly and vulnerable members of the public.
"The latest offence involved an elderly victim being contact by someone claiming to be a police officer who instructed them to withdraw a large amount of cash which was later collected.
"We are investigating this offence but sadly this victim has been deceived out of a considerable amount of money.
"I am keen to make sure that elderly people especially get the message to contact us and be aware of what has been happening.
"My plea to anyone is to take on board the clear message that NO police officer or law enforcement agency will ever ask members of the public to hand over money.
"If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a police officer or any other law enforcement officer, such as the National Crime Agency, who is asking you to buy goods or hand over cash, please call us on 101 and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
"If a crime is in progress please call 999."