Grantham residents continue to be targeted by courier scammers

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Police are reminding the public to be wary of calls from people claiming to be from banks after another example of an attempted courier scam directed at a Grantham resident.

A call was made to Lincolnshire Police yesterday, May 28, reporting that an elderly man had been telephoned by someone claiming to be from the insurance department of his bank.

The 78-year-old Grantham man was told there was a problem with his account and he should go to his bank and withdraw all the cash from his account and wait there.

He was told by the caller not to speak to anybody and that he would be spoken to again when he was at the bank.

The man became suspicious of the call and instructions and explained the situation to bank staff who then called the police.

No cash was taken from the man and no bank account details were given.

Police believe this is a variant of the ongoing courier scams.

While the message given to the potential victim was slightly different to what has been previously been reported the intended outcome was the same.

Officers are advising people to never engage with or act on phone calls like these and remind the public that a genuine caller from the bank or related organisation, such as police or government departments, will never call you and ask you to withdraw cash or give out account or personal details.

Anyone with any information relating to the incident in Grantham on May 28 is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident 169 of 28/05/2014.

If you think you have been a victim of a scam like this or you think an attempt was made to get you to give out cash or personal details please report it immediately to police on 101.

For more information on the recent courier scams click here.