A WARNING has been issued after fraudsters pretending to be police officers convinced a victim to hand over a sum of cash.

The scam callers targeted people in the Durham area over the weekend.

Claiming to be police officers, the scammers told the victim to go to their bank and withdraw cash, before attending their home and taking the money.

Detective Constable Paul Harbisher, from Durham CID, said: “Fraudsters who take part in this type of criminal activity will often pick out the most vulnerable members of society, so we are urging people to be vigilant and warn their friends and family.

“We want to remind people that genuine police or bank staff would never ask you to withdraw or transfer cash from your account."

Police are warning people to be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police which ask for personal or financial details and to report any suspicious approaches to Action Fraud.

To report suspicions of fraudulent activity, call police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.