Woman conned by bogus police officer

Posted on 15th April 2014

Police are warning people about a scam where fraudsters are ringing residents to con them into handing over all the money in their bank accounts.

Recently a 78-year-old Sinfin woman received a phone call from a man who claimed to be a Metropolitan police officer.  He said he had arrested a man on suspicion of trying to use her bank card and needed cash from her bank account for fingerprinting.

The woman withdrew her money and sent it, as instructed, by taxi to an address in Leicester.  The bogus police officer rang her again the next day and persuaded her to send him more money from another account.

It was only when she discussed it with her sister that she realised she’d been duped.

Detective Constable Chris Bond, of Derbyshire Constabulary, said: “People who con the elderly are despicable criminals.  We are seeing more and more of this type of crime where vulnerable residents are tricked into handing over their life savings.

“Some older people tend to trust strangers who approach them either on the doorstep or on the phone but I’m urging them to be wary of any contact they have from people they don’t know.

“A police officer would never contact a victim in this way and ask for money to be sent to them.  Neither would a bank employee ask for card details over the phone if they ring to talk about fraudulent activity on a bank card.

“People should also never respond to anyone who rings them to report a fault with their computer.”

Anyone is feels they have been the victim of any similar scam should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

 

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.