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Neighbourhood Watch

Fraudsters Posing as Police Officers

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Message sent by

Christopher Gregory (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)


We are urging people to warn elderly friends and relatives after a woman lost £9,000 to fraudsters posing as police officers.

The 87-year-old victim from Yateley was called on Tuesday 14 November by a woman who said the victim’s card had been used to buy an expensive camera and that she should dial 999.

The victim did so, but the fraudster stayed on the line and a man claiming to be from the fraud department of London Police ‘answered’ the victim’s call.

He told her that they were investigating a fraud involving staff at the victim’s bank.

The victim was persuaded to withdraw £9,000 from the bank to help with the investigation, and urged not to tell any member of staff what was happening unless they gave an agreed codeword.

A courier later came to the victim’s house to collect the money for examination.

A relative of the victim then called the police to report the fraud.

We would like to speak to a man matching the following description:

• black
• aged in his mid 20s to mid 30s
• around 5ft 5ins to 5ft 8ins tall
• of slight build
• wearing a dark baseball cap

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting 44170446378.

Advice

Another version of this scam is where fraudsters posing as police officers claim to be investigating a jewellers for selling counterfeit items, and ask the victim to buy expensive goods which are later collected.

Other requests include victims buying hundreds of pounds worth of iTunes vouchers to be collected by a courier.

Police officers or bank officials would never ask you for money. If someone does call you in this way, hang up. If possible, use another phone line to report this to the police by calling 101.

We would like to remind people to protect themselves by using the following advice:

• never give out personal or ban details to anyone who contacts you unexpectedly
• never tell anyone your PIN number
• if you have given out information which could compromise your bank security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
• never hand over your card, money or valuables to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere

Anyone who is concerned about a similar incident should call police on 101. If a crime is in progress, please call 999.

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