Police have sounded a warning over bank account fraud after it emerged 1,300 cases were reported in Derbyshire last year.
The crime happens when people’s bank cards or account information are stolen by fraudsters.
They will then use these details to access the victim’s bank account and pay for transactions.
Detective Inspector Rob King, head of 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 things like 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 card statement which doesn’t arrive then contact the financial institution involved.”
For more information about fraud, visit www.derbyshire.police.uk/stampoutfraud. Report it by calling 0300 123 2040.