Fraud warning after Wiltshire couple are scammed

Fraud warning after Wiltshire couple are scammed

Published by Jack Deery at 12:22pm 5th December 2019.

Wiltshire police are now urging people in the county to be vigilant.

A couple in Wiltshire were contacted over the phone by a man claiming to be a police officer investigating fraud. 

They were told that there was an attempt to use their bank card fraudulently and told them to dial 999 to speak to their local force.

But after keeping the line open, the victims were still talking to the same people.

The victims then followed the instructions of the criminals and withdrew a large amount of cash, which was collected by someone pretending to be a courier.

Det Con Emma Wood, from Swindon CID, said: 

"The victims in this case genuinely believed they were speaking to police officers and that they needed to cooperate with their requests or they could lose more money to fraudsters or even be arrested for perverting the course of justice.

This is why it is so important that we remind people of the simple steps they can take to avoid being scammed in this way.

Please remember, a police officer would never ask you to withdraw money and give it to them.

They would also be able to meet you face-to-face and show you ID, and would be happy for you to verify their credentials by calling 101."

Anyone who receives a suspicious phone call should hang up and report it straight away. 

ADVICE

Wiltshire Police are urging people to follow their advice: 

  • 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.

Anyone looking for more information can visit the Action Fraud website.

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