Advice has been issued to Derbyshire residents on how to avoid bank account fraud after 1,300 cases were reported in the county last year.
Detective Inspector Rob King, of the Derbyshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “Fraudsters are finding new ways to target their victims and they are often unaware that they have fallen victim to this until they notice transactions showing up on their bank statement which they have not made themselves.
“We would like to encourage people to take steps to better protect their details from these criminals by following some simple yet effective crime prevention advice.
“Firstly, it is important to regularly check your statements carefully and notify your bank immediately if you see any unusual activity on your account.
“Secondly, don’t leave bills lying around for others to look at and always make sure that any documents containing your name, address or financial details are shredded before being discarded.
“Finally, get regular copies of your credit report and it you are expecting a bank or credit card statement which doesn’t arrive, contact the financial institution involved.”
To report fraud call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.