POLICE have issued a warning for courier fraud after an elderly woman in North Worcestershire was scammed out of £5,000.

West Mercia Police is urging people to be aware as calls are being made from fraudsters claiming to be from the force and quoting the force telephone number.

They are attempting to persuade people to make bank transfers and making threats of arrests if they don’t comply.

The latest scam involves fraudsters claiming that the victim’s National Insurance number has been compromised.

Detective Inspector Emma Wright said: “No police officer from any force or department will ever ask you to make a payment, withdraw or transfer money or ask for your bank account details.

“This scam can be very elaborate and convincing but it’s extremely cruel, often but not always, targeting older, vulnerable people.

“We are currently investigating these scams and urge anyone who has received suspect calls to please get in touch.

“Please remember the police will never contact you asking for your bank card or cash. If someone does, it's a scam – provide no details, hang up and report it immediately to Action Fraud."

Action Fraud can be contacted on 0300 123 2040.