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A vulnerable woman was forced into handing over £10,000 to a fraudster claiming to be calling from her bank, prompting a public warning from Nottinghamshire Police.

She also handed over her passport, utility bill and bank cards.

The incident is the latest in a spate of courier fraud scams where the offender cold calls the victim, posing as an official such as a police officer or a member of a bank’s fraud team.

They will then instruct the victim to go to their bank and withdraw money.

Police say the offender will claim that they are investigating staff at the bank and that they need the victim’s help in some kind of undercover operation.

For example, they may claim that bank staff are handing out counterfeit bank notes and they need the victim to withdraw money so that it can be examined.

There are many variations of this scam, which often involve the victim handing over bank cards or high-value items.

To avoid becoming the next victim, police are offering the public the following advice;

– The police will never ask you to become part of an undercover investigation or for you to withdraw cash and hand it to them for safe-keeping.

– Be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police asking for your personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money

– If you are approached or feel something is suspicious, hang up the phone and don’t reply.

– Then report it to police on 101, Action Fraud and your bank on their advertised number.

Visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/fraud for more advice on how to stay safe from scams.