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Police officers in Cockermouth and Keswick are asking the community to be vigilant against bogus telephone calls after a report was received about someone pretending to be a police community support officer over the phone and asking for money.
Police would never ask for donations or money.
A telephone call was received by a local Bassenthwaite man on Friday, 11 November from someone who identified themselves as a police community officer. He was then asked if he would donate £150 to help with local children's services. The man became suspicious when the caller asked for his bank details and terminated the call before any transaction took place.
Sergeant Stephen Wright, from Cockermouth Police Station, said: "The police would never contact anyone to ask for money. We are taking this matter seriously and would advise anyone not to give account details over the phone.
"Police work hard to build trust in the community and this fraudster is destroying that trust. If you have any doubts about the identity of a caller, terminate the call and report it to us on 0845 33 00 247 or speak to your local community officer."