Fraud warning as doorstep distraction burglary is attempted in Lincoln

Lincolnshire Police are warning people to be vigilant against fraudulent doorstep callers after a recent distraction burglary attempt in Lincoln.

A caller knocked on the door of a property on Outer Circle Drive in the city on March 19, claiming to be from the TSB Bank, and asked to see the householder’s bank statements.

Police are searching for a white man in his 40s with dark hair and having a scruffy appearance.

On March 25, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau also warned of fraud orchestrated by individuals posing as police or bank staff.

The fraudsters have been reported to contact their victims by phone, advising them that their account has been compromised and to withdraw large sums of cash or relinquish payment cards, which are subsequently collected from their home by bogus couriers.

Police say those targeted tend to be the elderly and retired, who are seen as more susceptible to the scam.

They advise that anyone who receives such a call, should not reveal any personal or billing information.

People should contact their bank and cancel cards immediately they have accidentally handed over any details to the fraudsters.

Anyone with information relating to the attempted distraction burglary in Lincoln should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 151 of March 19.

Anyone affected by this, or any other scam, can report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 A2040, or visit their website.