Phone scammers are targeting Lincolnshire households

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Police are warning people across the county that telephone scammers are continuing to target the area.

Yesterday (Tuesday) an elderly woman in the Spilsby area fell victim to the fraud, after she received a call from a man claiming to be a DCI at the Metropolitan Police. She was told to call a number to verify his authenticity but, due to the fraudsters’ tactic of keeping the phone line open, the person she got through to was part of the scam and verified the ‘officer’s’ identity.

The victim was told to visit her bank and transfer money into an account number that the scammers gave her.

On the same day, a man in Alford received a similar call but was suspicious and put down the phone.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “The best protection against scams like this is to know that the call is not genuine so we are asking the public to share this information with their friends, relatives and neighbours, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable, or who do not have access to the internet and social media.”

For further information about this type of scam go to www.lincs.police.uk