People in Belper and Heage targeted by bank card scam

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Fraudsters claiming to be from West Midlands Police have been calling elderly people in Belper and Heage and asking them for money.

The fraudster claims to be from West Midlands Police and says that their card has been cloned and that money has been taken from their account.

The man then asks the victim to withdraw an amount of cash so that it can be forensically examined.

In some reports, a courier has been sent to the victim’s address and collected cash, while in others the victim has been escorted to their bank to withdraw it.

Over the last few days, people in the Belper and Heage areas have been targeted by this scam, prompting police to reissue a warning about it.

A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “The fraudsters have primarily been targeting elderly and vulnerable members of society, with varying degrees of success.

“We want to make it clear that no police force would ever ask people to withdraw money so that it can be forensically examined. We would also never send a courier to pick it up, or someone to escort you to the bank.

“If anyone receives a similar call, they should take as many details of the caller as they can and then contact police.

“Do not give any personal details and do not withdraw any money. If you are unsure, hang up, wait a few minutes and call your bank’s fraud department.

“We also want people to give this message to any parents, grandparents, elderly neighbours or anyone they know who could be vulnerable to this type of crime.”

To find out more, call Derbyshire police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.