Police are urging people to be aware of a scam involving criminals posing as Essex Police officers.
It follows a call earlier this month reporting a victim had been contacted by someone claiming they were from Essex Police and telling them they were involved in money laundering and drugs offences emanating from Mexico.
The caller told the victim to provide the last four digits of their National Insurance Number and instructed them to transfer all funds onto a Google gift.
Fortunately, they did not do this.
Police will never ask for this information over the phone or ask you to transfer money out of your account.
If you receive a call that you feel may not be genuine, ask for the officer’s details and either hang up or use another phone to ring police on 101.
If you, a friend or relative, have been contacted in this way please call to report it.
If you have any information you can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.
You can also call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.