Con artists tried to take cash and bank details from Rugby woman - The Rugby Observer

Con artists tried to take cash and bank details from Rugby woman

Andy Morris 26th Jan, 2018   0

SCAMMERS told a Rugby woman to hand over bank details and withdraw thousands from her bank account, in one of eight attempted cons reported to police yesterday (Thursday January 25).

Warwickshire Police are investigating reports of two incidents in Warwickshire, five in Herefordshire, and one in Shropshire.

The Rugby woman received a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer from ‘the serious fraud office in Westminster’.

The caller asked the woman to provide bank details and withdraw £5,000 from a cashpoint. The woman refused.

Another woman in Wrexham, Shropshire was threatened with arrest for perverting the course of justice by a fraudster posing as a police officer at Hammersmith Police Station in London.

He said two people had been arrested using bank cards with her details on, and he needed her home address to continue his investigations. When the woman refused, the caller threatened to have her arrested. The woman did not reveal her personal or financial details.

In five other incidents, people were phoned by someone pretending to be from HM Revenue and Customs, stating they owed money which could be paid in some sort of voucher. In three of these incidents, the caller said a courier would visit to collect the vouchers.

Detective Sergeant Paul Bent from the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police Economic Crime Unit said: “Fraudsters like this can be really convincing, offering false job titles and lots of detail to support their claims.

“They try to rush you or put you on the spot – even threatening legal action in some cases, like the one in Shropshire – to pressure you into making a quick decision.

“In most cases like these, people trust their instincts and make the right decision, which is putting the phone down and reporting the incident to Action Fraud.

“We urge you to remember that a genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, your password, or to move money to another account.

“Always question uninvited contact like this – you can contact the real organisation yourself using a known email or phone number.

“Trust your instincts. If a phone call, text or email seems dodgy, it probably is.”

To report fraud or a suspicious incident like the ones above, visit or call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Visit for more advice on how to spot fraud.


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