Leicestershire Police warn over bogus police officials

People in Leicestershire are being warned to be vigilant after two elderly people were phoned by bogus police officials.

The callers said they were from the fraud squad in London investigating financial organisations.

Both victims were told to withdraw large amounts of cash and meet at a given location, but they became suspicious and told police.

Pc Wesley Nelson said the calls appeared to be from abroad.

He said: "From inquiries we've conducted so far it's believed the telephone calls may have been made from abroad but the numbers registering in the telephones are London numbers.

"We have determined the numbers are registered to customers abroad which is a legitimate practice and one that telephone service providers use on a regular basis.

"We would advise anyone who receives a similar telephone call to never disclose personal details to the caller or agree to hand money over. Organisations such as the serious fraud office would not contact the public direct, they would liaise with the local police force."

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