Derbyshire detectives are issuing advice to protect residents across the county from falling victim to investment fraud.
Fraudsters have set up bogus websites claiming to be the official site of National Savings and Investments, to try and con members of the public out of their hard-earned savings.
Fraudsters are believed to be cold calling members of the public and offering them the chance to invest in Pensioner Bonds, also known as 65+ Bonds.
Members of the public, who are searching for the official website through a search engine, may be directed to the fake one which asks them to supply contact information.
Victims are then receiving a follow up e-mail or phone call from the fraudsters who are requesting evidence of identity documents and bank account details either over the phone or by sending the victims fake forms to fill out. A common name that appears on the emails sent by the fraudsters is ‘Kevin Archer’.
Top tips to protect yourself against investment fraudsters include:
Do not pass personal or banking information to companies that cold call you;
Please note that the only domain name (website address) that is legitimate is www.nsandi.com;
National Savings & Investments (NS&I) do not make sales calls to potential customers (cold calls) so do not enter into discussion with cold callers claiming to be NS&I.
For more advice around fraud, visit the dedicated Stamp out Fraud webpage at derbyshire.police.uk/stampoutfraud
If you think that you have been a victim of fraud, contact the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.