Dacorum phone con victims praised for vigilance by police


Fraudsters impersonating police to scam vulnerable people out of money have failed to dupe five Dacorum residents this week.

Herts Police have praised the actions of the people who refused to give away their bank details after receiving the scam phone calls.

On Wednesday between 12 noon and 1.30pm two people in Hemel Hempstead were called as part of the con, in which tricksters target people over the age of 60 claiming they are investigating a fraud or theft.

They then request the victim’s bank details, including pin numbers, and instruct them to hand over their cards to a false ‘courier’. In cases across Herts and the whole country people have been scammed out of their cards and had large amounts of money taken from their accounts.

A further two people in Hemel Hempstead and one in Potten End also received calls between 2pm and 3pm yesterday.

All of these people refused to be taken in by the con artists and instead called police.

Dacorum’s Chief Insp Glen Channer said: “These residents did exactly the right thing. They suspected the callers were suspicious, refused to hand over their bank details and called police. I would urge anyone faced with a similar call to do the same.

“I’d reassure people that a police officer would never ask you to reveal your personal bank account details, including your pin or bank card.

“Offenders appear to be deliberately targeting older people and we would urge people to share this information and advice with their elderly relatives or neighbours so they are aware.”