Fraudsters are targeting elderly and vulnerable people in Swindon in an attempt to scam them out of money.

Police are warning people to be vigilant after receiving reports of scams where callers pose as police officers to request bank details and money.

The ‘officer’ gives a shoulder number to make themselves appear more legitimate before telling the victim that a family member is in custody and they will visit the victim at their home unless they receive payment.

The victims are told by the scammers to not tell their families about the call.

PCSO Danielle Hindmarsh of the Central Swindon North Community Policing Team said: “We received two reports of calls of this nature on Friday alone, with both victims being in their 80s.

“This is a despicable act and those responsible are preying on the elderly and vulnerable in our community. We need to make as many people aware of this as possible to prevent anyone else falling foul of this scam.

“Please be assured police officers or banks would never cold call residents in this way and ask for card details. If you receive a call of this nature hang up immediately.

“Please could we ask that you talk to your elderly relatives or neighbours so they are aware of this scam and if you think they have fallen victim, please call us immediately on 101. Alternatively call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.”

Anyone with information that could help with police enquiries into this scam should call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.