All bank staff are to be trained to spot signs that a customer may be withdrawing cash to give to a scammer.
Police hope the scheme will help reduce financial crime by spotting scams before money has been handed over.
The plan is to train every single front-facing employee of banks, building societies and Post Offices.
Cash payments to fraudsters are typically much harder to trace than online payments with the vast majority of cases going unsolved.
Typical frauds of this kind include paying rogue builders, romance scams and elderly abuse.
Staff at one bank which has trialled the scheme helped stop a customer being swindled out of £13,000.
About time too. Stories of these b----------s conning old people out of their life savings are all too frequent. Why staff should need training though I do not know. It's obvious that if an old person is withdrawing thousands in cash, especially more than once in a short period of time, there is something amiss somewhere. I know bank staff can't refuse to give people their own money but a " Certainly Mrs. Doddery. Come and wait in the office and we'll get your money for you. " and a few discreet questions could save the victim a fortune and lead to the arrest of the scammer as in the link.
This should have been done years ago.