Cheshire Police warn of telephone scams in area | Knutsford Times

Cheshire Police warn of telephone scams in area

By on January 13, 2018

Cheshire Police are warning residents of telephone scams taking place in the county following reports in Chester, Crewe and Nantwich

These have included cold calls where the caller poses as police officer or a member of the bank’s fraud team. They are then instructed to go to the bank and withdraw money from their account. Another variation is where the caller claims that they are working on an undercover operation such as trying to catch bank staff hanging out counterfeit bank notes.

An elderly couple in Crewe were contacted by a caller claiming to be from Greater Manchester Police. After advising that they had been a victim of fraud he then instrcuted them to withdraw money which was to be handed to a courier using a password system.

DC Liz Rankin said: “Over £5,000 sterling and 2,000 euros was handed over to a man who called at their home. The victims described the offender as about 5ft 2in-5ft 3in with dark skin and straight black hair. He was of slim build and aged around 20-years-old.”

If you have any information please contact DC Rankin from Crewe CID on 101 quoting incident number 516 of, January 4, 2018. Alternatively, details can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police have given the following advice to avoid becoming part of the scam:

  • Police will never ask you to be part of an undercover investigation or to withdraw cash and hand it to them
  • Be wary of calls, texts or emails claiming to be from police asking for personal or financial details, or to transfer money
  • If you’re approached, or feel that something is suspicious, hang up the phone and don’t reply
  • Report any suspicions to police on 101, Action Fraud and your bank on their advertised number

 

Visit takefive-stopfraud.org.uk for more advice on how to stay safe from scams.

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