West Yorkshire Police are warning people to be on their guard against a scam which started off in London but is now spreading to the rest of the country.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, part of City of London Police, have been notified of fraud orchestrated by individuals posing as police or bank staff, who contact victims by phone, advising them that their account has been compromised.
They tell victims to withdraw large sums of cash which will be collected by a police or bank representative and moved somewhere for safe keeping.
However when the 'courier' turns up, he or she is also part of the theft.
What the fraudsters will say
The fraudsters contact victims by telephone, informing them that their accounts have been fraudulently accessed or that the bank has increased security.
Victims are then instructed to contact a false helpline or to redial a legitimate number, with the current line kept open.
The victim is then instructed to attend their bank and withdraw money (typically ranging into several thousands) or make cards and pin numbers available, with both subsequently collected from home by a bogus courier.
Preventative Advice and Awareness
Should you receive a call of this type, do not disclose any personal or billing information.
If you receive such a call and if you want to contact your bank, use an independently sourced telephone number and call from another line e.g. mobile phone.
If you have handed over any details to the fraudster/s, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately.
If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk