When a fraudster contacts victims by telephone pretending to be a police officer or bank official. The caller tries to establish some level of trust with the victim by giving them a contact number, for example, to check that they are genuine. The fraudster may then use a strategy to suggest that:
- money has been removed from the victim’s bank account;
- police require money for evidence following the suspect’s arrest; or
- a business the victim has used is fraudulent and help is needed to secure evidence.