Police have issued a warning about banking ‘scammers’ after an elderly lady fell victim in Lincolnshire. A common method in use at the moment involves a potential victim receiving a telephone call from someone purporting to be from their bank. The caller advises that the victim’s account has been involved in fraud and that their funds should be transferred to a newly created account, the details of which are supplied by the caller. The ‘scammer’ will also tell the victim that they should keep the matter secret as staff at their branch are ‘under investigation’ and shouldn’t be tipped off.  On one such occasion a sum of money was transferred from the victim’s legitimate bank account to an account in India into the hands of a criminal. Please don’t give out any personal or financial information over the phone and if you think you may have been the victim of criminal activity please inform the police.

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