Police have issued a warning to bank customers following a telephone scam in which bogus bank officials have made account holders transfer large amounts of money into bogus account.
A North Yorkshire force spokesman said that in the past 12 days, five farms in the Selby district were called by men claiming to be part of a bank fraud investigation team who urged customers to transfer their money into what they claim were “safe accounts”.
“They have done this either through internet banking or told the victim to go direct to their bank and not mention it to the bank staff, claiming the staff were also under investigation,” said the spokesman.
“On each occasion the suspects have called the victim and claimed that someone had attempted to cash a cheque on their account for £11,500.
“In some incidents they have asked the victim to call the number on the back of their bank card and unbeknown to the victim, they have held the phone line open, resulting in the victim believing they are calling their bank, when in fact, they are speaking to the fraudsters.”
In one incident, the victim was passed around several male “call handlers” who claimed they were investigating the fraud and that the victim’s other bank accounts were not safe.
They managed to con the victim into transferring a large amount of money into their scam account which they claimed was a “safe account”.
In another case, the victim became suspicious and stopped the phone call before transferring any money but another victim lost their entire life savings.
Detective Constable Amanda Bostwick of Selby CID, said: “The suspects in these cases are very convincing and knew who the customers banked with and in some cases, how much they had in their accounts.”
Police are warning bank customers not to be taken in by anyone asking them to transfer money, calling them out of the blue, or asking them to make a phone call to their bank.