A WOMAN has been conned out of more than £7,000 after falling prey to two phone scams.
The 64-year-old, who lives in Northumberland, was first contacted in June by a woman claiming to be calling from Barclays Bank about overpaid charges.
She offered to help the victim claim back cash and convinced her to go to her local post office and transfer around £1,000 to the caller in order to access the money.
After transferring the funds, the woman didn’t hear from the caller again.
However, earlier this month she was contacted by a man claiming to be from the Inland Revenue.
He told the woman she had been victim to a phone scam and he could help her claim back the money. He persuaded her to transfer around £6,000 to him in two transactions.
After the money was paid, the woman never heard from him again.
Police are warning people to be on their guard against such scams and never give out personal details over the phone.
DCI Peter Reeve, of Northumberland Area Command, said: “Crimes like this are all too common and it’s the work of criminals who are trying to prey on the vulnerable and by very underhand means.
“I can’t stress how important it is that people don’t give out any bank details or personal information over the phone.
“If anyone rings asking for such information don’t pass your details out unless you’re satisfied the caller is genuine.
“If you’re in any doubt ring Trading Standards and they’ll be able to tell you if the company is real.”
Anyone with information about the scams should contact police on 03456 043043, ext 69191.