We are reminding people to be aware of telephone scams after receiving a report that a woman has been defrauded of £2,500.
The woman, who lives in the Lincoln area, reported that she received a telephone call from a person claiming to work for her banking group, Barclays bank. This was on October 19.
The caller told the woman that they had to open a new bank account for her and that she needed to transfer £2,500 into the account, which she did.
She was then told to attend an appointment at her local Barclays bank a couple of days later, but when she arrived for her appointment she was told by staff at the bank that they knew nothing about it.
This is one of several telephone scams that have been reported across Lincolnshire to us this month.
In a number of other cases the caller claims to be from either HMRC or the police, threatening an arrest, a lawsuit or telling the victims that they are under investigation.
The objective is to get the victim to pay money.
Please be aware that not all calls are the same and criminals can continue to change tactics.
We are also asking for members of the public to tell their elderly family members and friends about of this fraud, and to raise as much awareness as possible.
We are also reminding people of our Operation Signature campaign. This campaign has been launched to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud in Lincolnshire. Fraud is a hidden and under-reported crime with victims often in denial or unaware of the criminality behind it. Increasingly fraud is becoming more complex and sophisticated, much of which is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people.
Operation Signature is a standardised reporting and recording process, to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud. The process provides preventative and support measures intended to protect victims and safeguard them from being targeted for further offences.
To report fraud:
Call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit actionfraud.police.uk
Call Lincolnshire Police on 101, or email email@example.com
Follow Op Signature at its dedicated Twitter account: @Op_Signature
24 Oct 18 1:24 PM