fraud warning after pensioner is conned out of £20,000
Somerset pensioner has been deceived into parting with £20,000
by a telephone caller pretending to be an officer from the Met
Police, prompting a fresh warning about phone fraud.
Sergeant Justin French said: "I want to issue a heartfelt
appeal to the elderly not to provide personal details to anyone
over the telephone."
callers can be very persuasive and often have elaborate stories.
We would ask families to help us by making their elderly relatives
aware of this scam. Taxi drivers need to be alert to couriering
packages to London on behalf of elderly people and report anything
suspicious to us."
officers will be informing Neighbourhood Watch teams about these
calls so they can raise awareness across their community. We also
have our PCSOs visiting sheltered accommodation to ensure safety
advice reaches residents."
fraud often sees an individual claiming to be a London-based police
officer informing the victim that they have arrested someone who
was in possession of bank cards containing details of the victim.
victim is asked to call the bogus officer and is given a false
collar number and telephone number which helps reassure the victim.
However, the fraudster does not replace his phone. The unsuspecting
victim dials but is still connected to the original caller but
under the impression they have reached a genuine police officer.
fraudster then encourages the victim to provide bank details and
may also be asked to withdraw cash to send to London by taxi or
a courier, or by electronic transfer of large amounts to a fraudulent
bank account. They often claim the money is potential evidence
for an investigation and that it is needed so it can be forensically
say there are variations on the scam, but the advice remains the
same. Remember the following to help you avoid the pitfalls of
Your bank or Police will never ask you to email or text personal
or banking information
Your bank or Police will never send an email with a link
to a page which asks you to enter your online banking log-in details
Your bank or police will never send a courier to your home
Your bank or the police will never collect your bank card
Your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN
If you receive one of these calls end it immediately
Wait until you hear a dialling tone, or use a different
phone to call the Police
Anyone who has been contacted by suspected fraudsters should
call police on 101 or Action Fraud, the UKs national fraud
reporting centre, on 0300 123 2040.