£ 8,000 stolen from elderly Longridge woman in latest mail fraud scam
Detectives investigating scams involving people pretending to be police officers want to speak to a man as part of a report in Longridge.
On Thursday 22 October a fraudster contacted an 80-year-old woman falsely claiming to be Lancashire Police. He asked the victim to withdraw £ 8,250 as part of his bank fraud investigation.
Believing that he was assisting a real officer, the victim went to withdraw the money from the bank and a man posing as a courier picked it up later that evening.
The man the police want to speak to can be seen in the CCTV clip below walking along Springs Road in Longridge at around 5:03 p.m. If the video does not load, watch on Youtube.
Lancashire Police Detective Sergeant Ash Johnston said: ‘I would ask anyone who recognizes this man to contact us with any information he believes might help with our investigations. Likewise, if this is you, then I encourage you to contact us.
“The crooks are targeting the vulnerable, so please let your loved ones know about this latest scam happening in Lancashire. If you receive a call, immediately report the matter to the police as soon as possible.
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Over the past month, Lancashire Police have received several reports of fraudsters telephoning elderly victims posing as detectives investigating ‘suspicious activity’ on their bank cards and obtaining money through this is called mail fraud.
While the majority ended the call before disclosing any banking or credit card information, others have sadly fallen victim to the scam with a total loss of over £ 40,000 to date.
Lancashire Police spokesperson: ‘If you ever get a phone call from someone stating that they are a policeman and you are not sure whether they are who they say they are, you can end on the call and call 101 and check that his name and collar number is genuine.
“Always make sure you hear a new dial tone because sometimes scammers stay on the line after you think the call has been disconnected and pretend to be a police call manager.
“We also want to make it clear that the Lancashire Police will never ask for cash or your bank details or those of your relatives. If you suspect that fraud is taking place or that something is wrong, always end the call.
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Police are also urging people to warn elderly or vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbors about this latest scam.
If anyone has any information that could help this particular investigation – or if you think you or a loved one may have been the victim of this scam – call the police on 101, citing 1025 newspaper for October 22.
For help and advice on how to protect yourself from scammers, visit Fraud in action or call 0300 123 2040.
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