#AceNewsReport – Apr.10: We prevented a pensioner being conned out of almost £8,000 after our officers thwarted the scam by intercepting cash destined for fraudsters: A man in his 80s was called by a con artist posing as an online retailer who’d mistakenly deposited the lump sum into his bank account: The trusting victim, from Scotland, was persuaded to withdraw the same amount and send it to an address in Birmingham: Thankfully he later became suspicious and confided in a relative who alerted Police Scotland – and it allowed us to retrieve the cash parcel from a Royal Mail sorting office before it could be dispatched to the scammers:
WM Police Report: Quick action By family member prevents pensioner losing £8,000 to scammers by officers intercepting funds
Our Economic Crime Unit (ECU) are carrying out enquiries around the intended destination and potential recipient of the package: It’s the latest example of con artists trying to take advantage of vulnerable people during the increased uncertainty caused by Covid-19.
Kloe Burrows, from the ECU, said: “Thanks to the prompt response from ourselves and Police Scotland we were able to prevent an elderly man being conned out of a substantial sum of cash. The money is now being securely transferred back to him: “The ‘online retailer’ wasn’t owed any money but the conman was still able to persuade the vulnerable victim to part with money through their lies: “We’ve seen a number of new scams since the coronavirus outbreak, and we’re urging people to be extra vigilant to avoid being duped by fraudsters in person or online.”
Our advice includes:
• Never let unsolicited callers into your home or hand over bank cards or cash
• If someone claims to be from the police, NHS or other organisation ask to see their identification. If in doubt call the organisation they claim to represent to make checks; if they are genuine they won’t mind waiting while you verify who they are.
• Don’t click on links or attachments in suspicious emails
• Do not respond to unsolicited messages asking for personal or financial information
• If you are looking at making purchases on sites you don’t know or trust then research the company beforehand
• If you do decide to make payment use a credit card as the majority of credit card providers insure purchases made online
• Keep in contact with your loved ones, especially if elderly
To report suspicious activity to us message on Live Chat via our website or go to the Action Fraud website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk
#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Apr.10: 2020:
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