Bogus callers warning

News from Northumbria Police
News from Northumbria Police

Bogus callers have attempted to con some Ponteland residents out of their hard earned money.

Northumbria Police has received two reports from people in the area who were contacted by callers purporting to be officers from the Metropolitan Police.

They claimed to be from Scotland Yard and told the residents that their bank account has been targeted by criminals and ask them to transfer their money for safe keeping.

These latest reports follow an incident on Thursday, May 19, when an elderly resident in Northumberland was conned by the callers into transferring £120,000 to their account.

Police are once again urging residents not to be fooled by the bogus callers and to report it to police straight away.

Detective Inspector Angela Hufton said: “I urge people not to be fooled by these callers. If you do receive a call of this nature, please hang up and inform police straight away via 101.

“The callers may sound professional and very convincing, but you should always make contact with either the police or the bank to confirm their identity.

“Any genuine callers will not mind waiting or being asked to call back while their identification is checked and we ask anyone who has elderly relatives or friends to remind them of police advice and to make sure they are vigilant to bogus callers.

“Anyone with concerns or any information to help is asked to contact police via 101.”