Police have issued a public warning against fraudsters using a “police station” number to target victims and demand money.
According to Greater Manchester Police, fraudsters recently made “false calls” to people claiming to be from a local police station.
They are able to use a real GMP number using “spoofing” which means that the caller ID appears to be real.
The fraudsters then ask the victims to transfer the money to them.
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The force has now issued a warning regarding this new scam.
A post on the GMP Facebook page read: “Fraudsters are making fake calls to victims, claiming to be calling from a GMP police station and demanding that the victim transfer money to a bank account.
“Scammers can use a real GMP police station phone number – a scam called ‘spoofing’.
“Remember: never give your personal details or your banking information to people you don’t know or whom you don’t trust.
“If you suspect a scam, contact Action Fraud at https://crowd.in/AgRfRe. ”