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People in Derbyshire Dales have been targeted by scammers impersonating police officer


More Derbyshire residents, this time in the Derbyshire Dales area have been targeted by fraudsters pretending to be police officers.

Please share this warning with friends and family so we can help protect older people in the community, who are typically targeted. 

The scammers claim to be Detective John Bates 811738 or from Hammersmith police station. They already know personal details, such as the resident’s name, address and basic banking details. Please note this is not an exhaustive list of possible names or police stations that could be used by scammers.

The victim is asked to stay on the line and dial 999 to verify the identity of the ‘police officer,’ however someone will answer the call pretending to be from the police and will then verify the caller.  Due to the fact the victim is asked to stay on the line and dial 999, the original call is never terminated, and they remain in contact with the fraudster at all times.

The caller goes on to say that he is investigating the unauthorised use of that person’s bank card at local stores such as M&S and Asda. The use of locations that will be familiar to the victim makes the call appear more genuine.

Secrecy is the key and victims are advised they should not tell anyone about this call as it may jeopardise the police investigation.

We know that this type of call can be linked to courier fraud.

This means that victims will be encouraged to withdraw funds from their bank accounts or Euros from local bureau de change to give to a courier, arranged by the ‘police officer’ making the call under the guise of ‘assisting with a police investigation.’

The police will never contact you asking for banking information or request that you withdraw money from an account to aid an investigation. 

If you receive such a call, you should not give out any personal information and hang up the call immediately. Wait five minutes and ensure you can hear a dial tone before calling 101. To call your bank, please use the number found on the back of your card.  All reports of this nature also need to be reported to Action Fraud 0300 120 2040 or online https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

If you, or someone you know, receives a call of this nature please contact us as soon as possible. We will then assess the area that is being targeted, alert the banks and endeavour to protect other local residents to prevent any financial loss.

  • Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
  • Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
  • Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
  • Phone – call us on 101.
  • You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

    If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can also text on 07800 002414 or email us at deafsms@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk


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    Katy Law
    (Police, Communications Officer, Force)

    Neighbourhood Alert Cyber Essentials