THREE Dorset pensioners have reported fraudulent calls to police where someone claimed to be from the police.

A Poole woman in her 80s called police at 1.28pm on March 11 after she received a call from someone claiming to be an officer from Croydon.

The fraudster advised the victim that her bank card had been used fraudulently to purchase a washing machine.

A similar call was made to a North Dorset man in his 70s.

This time, the caller said he was from London police and asked the man to confirm his address before the line disconnected.

A Weymouth woman in her 70s was called by someone claiming to be from the fraud squad.

They told the victim that she needed to transfer her money to a safe account.

Fraud investigator, Shane Cherrett, of Dorset Police, said: “Thankfully, no bank details were passed in any of the three incidents and the victims were given advice and support.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have been targeted in a similar way recently to please get in touch.

“Our advice is very simple. Always be aware and take steps to verify the identity of a caller who is asking for money. A genuine caller will not mind waiting or calling back to allow you to do this.

“The police will never ask for personal information over the phone and neither will your bank.

“If you are concerned about the validity of something – stop and speak to someone for help and advice.

“Anyone with concerns can contact Action Fraud or Dorset Police.”

Anyone who has information about the scams or who wishes to report an offence can contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via