Residents of Ilkeston are being urged to be on their guard against fraudsters after a rise in attempted cons throughout the county.
Nine cases have been reported to Derbyshire police, including one incident in Ilkeston last month which involved an elderly resident who was approached by conmen at her door who suggested there had been fraudulent activity on her bank account.
Derbyshire detectives are now urging residents to remain vigilant.
Head of the Derbyshire police’s economic crime unit, Detective Inspector Rob King, said that fraudsters were finding new ways of targeting victims.
“Thankfully there are steps that we can all take to protect ourselves from fraud and by spreading the message we can aim to stamp out fraud and protect more people from falling victim to the crime.”
Further warnings have also been issued about courier crimes, which involve a deceptive phone calls followed by a visit by fraudsters to residents’ homes to collect their bank card, PIN and full bank details.
A recent incident, involved a Derbyshire pensioner being conned out of almost £7,000 followed a phonecall from a man pretending to be a police officer.
The detective added: “Never give out your card details, PIN or bank card to anyone and always end any suspicious calls immediately before reporting the incident.
“Police would not cold call or ask for your PIN and bank card and the banks will never suggest for you to hand your card to a courier.”