alert issued by Police to Burnham-On-Sea residents
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been warned by Police
to be on their guard against a growing fraud.
Police say a number of incidents have been reported to them where
people have been duped out of cash and coerced into purchasing valuable
items by fraudsters posing as police officers.
It is a new twist on an established form of courier fraud which
has claimed a number of victims throughout the Somerset area and
The latest scam sees people being contacted by a man posing as a
police officer who claims to be investigating a fraud at their bank.
victim is then persuaded to take part in an undercover investigation
by obtaining cash from their account or by purchasing high value
items including Rolex watches.
Arrangements are made for the victims to attend a meeting to hand
over the cash or goods the meeting point is sometimes a railway
station. The 'detective' then seizes the cash and items as evidence
for their investigation.
have been aged between 50-90 years and live in Somerset and the
Detective Inspector Richard Horsfall told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Fraudsters
will use a host of tactics to try to con people out of money. It
is particularly disgraceful when they prey on the elderly and the
"A police officer, or any other official, will never ask for
money or bank details over the phone or on the door-step or ask
you to arrange to take them to a pre-arranged location. If you are
unsure if the person is who they say they are, ask for identification
such as their collar number and call 101 to check the name and the
authenticity of the caller."
"Always make sure you use a different phone or even get a relative
or neighbour to call to ensure the fraudster has not blocked the
phone line. It is always unwise to use any number they give you
to call back."
"We would also advise relatives of the elderly and those who
have elderly neighbours to make them aware of these scams and also
report any instances where people may have been victims of the fraudsters."
If you want to report being a victim of this type of fraud call
101, quoting (5217219020)