Fraud warning after a series of cons carried out

Alert message sent 25/10/2019 13:44:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police


We are alerting people to a number of frauds recently reported to us which scammed the elderly and more vulnerable people out of thousands of pounds.  

Four similar incidents took place over the last few weeks where the fraudsters pretended to be from the police, a bank or government organisation.

In each case the scammer called the victim and persuaded them to either transfer money to another account or go to the bank and take out money to hand to a person purporting to be a police officer or official (known as courier fraud). 

In one particular case (on 18/09) an elderly woman from Chippenham was called by a man called Adam saying he was from the Fraud Squad and he suspected her bank was scamming her out of money, as a result he told her she needed to transfer thousands of pounds to a new bank account to help uncover the scam. 

The woman, in her 80s, transferred the money to this "new" account before the scam was realised. 

Complex Fraud Investigator Alison Wiles said:  "These fraudsters are very convincing and could result in you losing your savings.
"If you receive a call from anybody purporting to be from the police, bank, or any organisation you did not call, please take a telephone number and then put the phone down.  Go and make a cup of tea or do something for five minutes (this stops any fraudster from keeping your phone line open) then call a trusted friend, relative or Wiltshire Police on 101 and tell them what has happened.
"Never transfer money or give the caller access to your banking details or cards.  The bank or police would never ask you to do this.
"We are also appealing for families to talk to each other, especially elderly relatives, to raise awareness of this type of crime." 
Further details about courier fraud can be found on the Action Fraud website www.actionfraud.police.uk 
 
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Mark Jones (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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