POLICE are warning people to be vigilant after fraudsters targeted elderly and vulnerable people in Stratford.
Police were called to four separate incidents on Monday (December 22) of a male posing as a police officer from London.
Victims were informed their bank accounts were being accessed illegally and were asked to provide details including their PIN numbers over the phone.
In one of the incidents, which took place on Eton Road, a man – described as black and possibly driving a white transit van – made off with seven bank cards after which £200 was withdrawn from the victim’s bank account.
Detective Inspector of the Economic Crime Unit, Mark Glazzard said: “I would urge everybody to ensure elderly or vulnerable family and friends are aware of the tactics used by these fraudsters.
“Your bank or the police will never ask for your bank details, bank card or PIN over the phone so if you get a suspicious call hang up immediately and call 999 from another phone.
“If someone comes to your door pretending to be an officer please remember they always carry a warrant card and if you have any doubts make them wait outside while you phone the police.”
Anyone who feels they may have been a victim of fraud is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101.
Visit http://onlinenews.warwickshire.police.uk/general_info/Fraud for further information.