Published: 17:34, 14 January 2021
| Updated: 18:53, 14 January 2021
A conman posing as a police officer tried to trick a Maidstone resident into transferring cash from their account.
Yesterday, a man living in the Upper Stone Street area was called by somebody who said they were an officer investigating a fraud.
He was advised to transfer money from his account to keep it safe whilst an investigation was launched.
The victim became suspicious and ended the call before contacting the police.
This has prompted Kent Police to issue a warning and advice about scam calls.
Insp Stephen Kent from the Maidstone community safety unit said: "This resident acted correctly by declining to give the caller any bank details and then contacting us when they became suspicious.
"Often, these conmen will try and alarm you by saying there has been fraudulent activity on your bank account, or they have arrested someone using a cloned card.
"Their purpose is to win your trust by sounding very plausible, and then convincing you they are helping to keep your cash safe.
"A police force will never ask a member of the public for their bank details or money over the phone.
"If you receive one of these calls end it immediately and wait at least five minutes before using your telephone in order to clear your line from the scammer."