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Beware of telephone frauds

Man on phone

Published on 10 May 2019 12:52 PM

A warning from Northumbria Police

The public have had a spate of telephone frauds from offenders claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police.

They are telephoning elderly people and informing them that there is a covert ,high profile on-going fraud investigation involving employees of their bank. The offenders convince the victim that they need to move their money into a safe bank account – without informing the bank, otherwise it could be stolen.

The fraudsters are quite convincing and pass a telephone number for a department within the Metropolitan Police, they then request victim to phone this number. However, the fraudsters do not hang-up their end of the telephone therefore the victim passes their bank details to another member of the criminal gang!

Obviously, this can result in the victims bank account being wiped clean.


  • Police will never, ever request bank account details or highly sensitive personal information over the phone
  • Police strongly recommend that no one should ever pass on confidential information on to a cold caller

Please contact Northumbria Police should you have any concerns or require any further information on current frauds/scams.

 Claire Kimberley 8637

Sergeant Neighbourhood
Northern Community Engagement Team
Northumbria Police & Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Ext: 73256 | M: 07736193332

Staying safe