ELDERLY and vulnerable people in Herefordshire are being targeted by fraudsters claiming to be from various police forces from around the country. 

The criminals have scammed some of the victims into handing over or transferring money, or sharing PIN information.

West Mercia Police is asking everyone to pass on information about bogus callers to relatives, friends and neighbours who may be at risk to such scams.

More information about how you can combat the crime can be found here


Detective Inspector Mel Reynolds said: “Always remember that no police officer from any force or department will ever ask you to hand over money or transfer funds, regardless of their name or unit.

"I would like to reassure the community that we are investigating these crimes and want to hear from anyone who has been contacted in this way.

“This scam can be very elaborate, very convincing and cruel. If you think someone is trying to scam you, tell someone straight away. Don't be pressured. Give yourself time to stop and think.

“If the crime is still in progress, because for example, you have recently provided bank details or handed over cards or cash or are going to visit your bank or the caller has arranged for someone to visit your address to collect items, you should call the police on 999.”