DORSET Police have issued a warning after fraudsters have targeted residents across the county, calling them and claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police Fraud Squad.
A police statement said: “Fraudsters are clever, manipulative and they have done their homework. They know exactly what to say to get you to trust them.
“They know all of your details before they make the call so they can trick you into believing their claim.
“Don’t engage in conversation with anyone you suspect to be a fraudster. The more you engage with these people the more chances you are giving them to suck you in.
“Put the phone down, wait a few minutes and then call Action Fraud to make a report on 0300 123 2040.
“Please stay aware and be fraud alert. Tell your friends, your family and your neighbours. Please help us spread the word of this scam.”
For more information visit www.actionfraud.police.uk