Police warning after elderly targeted by phone fraudsters - The Rugby Observer

Police warning after elderly targeted by phone fraudsters

Andy Morris 17th Jan, 2018   0

TWO PENSIONERS were targeted by telephone scammers claiming to be police last week.

On Thursday morning (January 11), a man in his 80s from Collingwood Avenue was phoned by a man claiming to be from the police.

The caller asked the man to withdraw a substantial amount of money and asked him to read the serial numbers of the bank notes to them. The caller then claimed these notes were forgeries and arranged for them to be collected later that day.

The following day, a woman in her 90s in Morton Gardens was also phoned by a man claiming to be from the police.

The caller told the woman they needed her help to convict three people suspected of committing fraud at a Santander bank, asking her to withdraw a substantial amount of money that was later collected by an unknown woman at around 7pm that night.

In both incidents, the victims were told they should not contact their local police and that bank staff were in on the fraud.

Ian King of Warwickshire Police said: “Officers are currently investigating both of these incidents, which have clearly targeted older members of our community.

“One of the victims was told if bank staff asked them what the money was for they should say it was for the installation of a stair lift, and the other victim was told to say it was for work on a loft extension. If you are called by someone who tells you to say similar, this should immediately raise your suspicions and you should end the call and contact police straight away.

“I would like to remind everyone that police and banks will never contact you asking for money or personal details such as PINs, and they will never send couriers or arrange for people to come and collect money from you.

“We are continuing to work with banks in the area to ensure that elderly and vulnerable people are not withdrawing their money and handing it over to fraudsters.”

He issued the following advice:

• Never transfer money to an account of someone you don’t know and don’t be pressured into withdrawing money, or leaving it unattended

• If you get a suspicious call, hang up and phone the police using a different phone if possible

• Never give out details of bank accounts to anyone you don’t know

• Report any suspicious activity to police on 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress.

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