Warning as Stroud area code used in scam

They are aware of several reports received over the past few days of phone call scams where the caller claims to be a Police Officer (PC) or a Detective Constable (DC) or SGT.

This message is asking for you to warn elderly or vulnerable family and friends who may receive these calls.  

The 01453/ 01452 dialling code is currently being targeted by fraudsters claiming to be the Police.

Incidents were reported on July 29 by residents of Stroud and Gloucester area.

The person calling is likely to say that they are investigating crime relating to fraudulent use of accounts or found property and will say that they are an Officer from Gloucestershire Constabulary or Hertfordshire Police. 

They will name a police station in the area and have even quoted alleged crime numbers that have been found to be false.

The fraudster has claimed to be a local police officer named “DC PHILLIPS or SGT ETHAN and asked the intended victims for details of their bank cards and bank accounts.  

On one occasion a resident was asked to call police back on 191.

Thankfully of the reports received residents have not lost any money and promptly alerted Police. 

The above information comes from a neighbourhood alert. 

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