Lincolnshire Police warning after cold callers pose as officers

Lincolnshire Police have issued a warning after three instances of cold callers claiming to be police officers to gain bank details.

Officers received three reports, including one in Lincoln, on Monday, February 16 of people claiming to be police.

The first, reported from a call on Friday, was to a woman in Lincoln. The caller claimed to be from the local Crime Prevention team and invited the purchase of advertising in a police publication.

There were then two instances reported in the Skegness area on the same day.

In one call a man claiming to be a Detective Chief Inspector from Hammersmith said a man being held in custody had admitted to ripping off the person. He then asked for her bank details.

In the third instance, a man claiming to be a police officer told a story about a bank card being scammed for £1.500 he then asked for bank details and for the person to call him back on 999.

Lincolnshire Police say no advantage was gained by any of the callers but police are repeating their warning to members of the public taking cold calls not to part with any personal information, especially bank details.