North Yorkshire Police warning over bogus police officer

Scarborough residents are being urged to watch out for a fraudster posing as a police officer trying to scam drivers out of money.

Monday, 29th June 2020, 9:43 am
North Yorkshire Police have issued a warning about a fraudster.

North Yorkshire Police say they have had reports of a man approaching motorists in a supermarket car park, claiming to be a police officer and that their vehicle tax is out of date.

He has taken contact details for those drivers and then called them repeatedly the next day, informing them they owe several thousand pounds in fines for unpaid vehicle tax and would be arrested if they did not pay immediately.

Police are warning drivers to be vigilant in case they are approached by the same man or anyone else using this tactic.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “If you are approached by someone claiming to be a police officer, they should be happy to show you their identification if asked and you can also confirm their identity by asking their name and collar number, and calling 101 to verify these details.

“The police will never contact you over the phone, text or email to request payment or to ask you to transfer money to them so if anyone claiming to be the police does so, hang up immediately.

“If you are concerned about whether you are up to date with your vehicle tax, you can check it by visiting the DVLA website.”

If you suspect you have been a victim of a scam or you have experienced anything similar, call 101 and report it to the police.

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