Police are warning people about a scam in which fraudsters telephone them and claim to be detectives investigating thefts from their bank accounts.
Officers have received 15 reports of offences in South Yorkshire where men claiming to be police officers call victims and urge them to contact their banks about alleged thefts.
But the conmen remained on the telephone line and when their victims believed they were through to their banks they were actually talking to criminals and ended up disclosing all their details.
They were then asked to withdraw money from their accounts so that detectives could come and collect it.
An offender who has shown up at several victims’ homes to collect money is described as black, clean shaven, aged in his mid 30s, of a medium build, 5ft 6ins tall, with short dark hair.
Superintendent Colin McFarlane said: “We are urging the public to be mindful of this scam as it appears to have really increased.
“Please discuss this with your family and friends and if you have vulnerable or elderly relatives or neighbours, make them aware that this is happening.
“We need to identify who is behind this scam, so I’d ask anyone with information about this to please get in touch.
“Remember, your bank will never ask for your details over the phone and police officers will never ask you to withdraw money from your account.”