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Images released in connection with phone scam across Potters Bar
Police investigating scam phone calls have released photos of people they would like to speak to.
In four incidents reported in Potters Bar in the past four months, cold callers pretending to be detectives requested victims bank account details, pin codes and security questions.
In one incident in Honeywood Close in June, a large amount of money was stolen after the victim's bank details were taken and card collected.
The second incident happened in Park Avenue in July, Details of four bank cards were taken and subsequently taken by a courier and money was then withdrawn.
A similar incident happened in Cedar Close, in August.
Last month a man gave his bank details but became suspicious and refused to hand his card over to the courier.
The scammers usually suggest the victim phones 999 or 101 for confirmation from the police - but the victim does not realise the offender has not hung up at the end of their phone, so the call goes straight back through to them.
Detective Inspector Jason Keane warned people never to give their bank details out on the phone.
He said: “We are releasing images of people who we would like to speak to in connection with these crimes. It may be that they were witnesses to what happened or can help police with our investigation.
“I would also like to use this opportunity to remind people that police officers would never ask you to reveal your personal bank account details, including your PIN or bank card. Nevr give them out over the phone. Visit your local branch if you have any concerns about your account.
“If you do get a call, leave the landline for at least five minutes before attempting to make an outside call or test the line first by phoning a friend or relative.
“We would urge people to share this information and advice with their elderly relatives or neighbours so they are aware.”
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