Our contact centre has received reports of a fraudster cold calling people claiming to be from Action Fraud.
The man called one potential victim claiming to be the “Birmingham office” of Action Fraud. He told her that she was in big trouble because £2,000 had been transferred from her bank to India and he thought it was money laundering.
He then tried to give her a number to call back and verify his identify, but she refused to take it and called us directly. If you receive one of these phone calls, end the conversation immediately and report it to us.
If you want to verify the identity of a caller claiming to be from Action Fraud you can call 0300 123 2040 or email [email protected].
Remember some fraudsters who call victims on landlines don’t hang up the phone - keeping the line open. So when you try to make another call you are connected straight back to the fraudster. This is a trick used in the courier scam.
To avoid falling victim call from another phone such as your mobile or wait at least five minutes before using your landline again – allowing it to drop off.