TWO residents of Bournemouth and East Dorset attempted to withdraw tens of thousands of pounds from their banks last week after being targeted by scammers.

The victims were contacted by fraudsters who claimed to represent either a police force or the National Crime Agency.

They were told to withdraw large amounts of money to assist in investigations.

A spokesperson from the Verwood and Alderholt Neighbourhood Policing Team said two people had attempted to withdraw £12,000.

"Thankfully, the banks involved followed their protocol and alerted Dorset Police," the spokesperson said.

"No money was lost."

As reported in the Daily Echo, a spate of incidents have been recently been reported across the east of the county.

An elderly woman received a phone call from a man purporting to be a police officer on Wednesday, January 31.

She was told to withdraw 8,000 Euros. She went to the bank in a taxi arranged by the scammer, but it was closed.

She returned the following day and asked to withdraw £7,000. Staff became suspicious and alerted police.

Four incidents were reported on Wednesday, January 31 and Thursday, February 1 by residents of Highcliffe, Wimborne and Christchurch.

In three cases, the scammers purported to be from the police and one claimed to be calling from BT.