Phone scam spate refuses to hang up! More victims targeted in county

Herts Police are investigating a spate of phone scams in the county
Herts Police are investigating a spate of phone scams in the county
  • More than 20 hoax calls reported to Herts Police last week alone
  • Officers praise those targeted for refusing to fall victim to scams
  • Con callers pretend to be police or bank officials to steal cash

Elderly people targeted by phone scammers have been praised for refusing to fall victim to the cruel cons.

Between Monday and Friday of last week alone, police received reports from 23 people around Herts who were contacted by people claiming to be police or bank officials investigating fraudulent activity.

During the timespan people from Kings Langley, Watford, Bushey, London Colney, Rickmansworth and Elstree were all targeted.

Det Insp Matt Phillips said: “I am pleased to report that the vast majority of residents took exactly the right action. They were suspicious of the unexpected telephone call and ended it before contacting the police.

“These fraudsters tend to target the elderly and will use a number of tactics to try and convince people that they are genuinely investigating fraudulent activity. They will tell the resident that they need their bank cards and money as part of an investigation, including offering reference numbers and contact names.

“Whatever anyone says on the phone and no matter who they claim to be, I want to make it absolutely clear that the police and banks would never ask you to send them bank cards, money or any other property. I’d ask people to share this information with as many people as possible so we can prevent more people from becoming victim.

“If you believe someone has attempted to scam you then please report this to us. When doing so, please remember to wait at least five minutes before attempting to make the call or use a mobile or neighbour’s phone to ensure you’re not reconnected to the offender.”

The spate of cruel cons in the area is continuing despite a number of arrests and convictions for some of those involved in the practice.

Police are reminding would-be victims and those who receive suspicious calls that police and banks would never ask for bank account details or PIN numbera over the phone, or to withdraw and send cash or bank cards to them via a courier or any other means.

For more information about phone scams and tips to avoid becoming a vicitm, go to www.herts.police.uk/PhoneScams

The vast majority of residents took exactly the right action. They were suspicious of the unexpected telephone call and ended it before contacting the police.

Detective Inspector Matt Phillips