A message today from Action Fraud received through Community Messaging advises:
"Police officers will not ask you to pay fines over the phone, will not ask you to transfer money or cards and will never ask you to withdraw money as part of their investigation. If you receive a call of this nature hang up immediately.
Please could we ask that you talk to your elderly relatives or neighbours so they are aware of this scam and if you think they have fallen victim, please call us immediately on 101.
Alternatively call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Also see 'How to spot and avoid fraudsters@: www.actionfraud.police.uk