Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-09-09

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7 surreylive.news NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 News Vile conmen pretended to be police officers in £7,000 scam PUBLIC WARNED TO BE ON THEIR GUARD AFTER SCAMMERS TRICK ELDERLY COUPLE By ALEX BOYD similar scams, and said police officers will never call in this way and ask you to withdraw money or disclose personal or financial informatio­n. If someone does do this, please hang up – it will be a scam. Consider contacting your telephone provider to get a free callblocki­ng service if you are getting unsolicite­d calls. If you are a friend, relative or carer of someone you think might be vulnerable to this type of scam, please speak to them about this advice. For more informatio­n, visit www. actionfrau­d.police.uk. Anyone with informatio­n about the incident or similar ones can contact Hampshire Constabula­ry on 101, quoting reference 4420033038­9. Alternativ­ely, Crimestopp­ers can be contacted anonymousl­y on 0800 555 111. identity, but he failed to disconnect the original call; the victim, therefore, believed he was talking to a police controller. He was persuaded the call was genuine before being “transferre­d” back to the original suspect. Police said the couple were then told to visit their local bank branch and withdraw thousands of pounds in cash, as well as being given a rationale for needing such a large amount of money in one go. When they got home, they were advised to hand the money over to a man the fake officer would send, which they did shortly after. That man is described as a slim male in his 20s with dark, brown hair and wearing a black coat. Hampshire Constabula­ry has urged people to look out for elderly relatives when it comes to avoiding An elderly couple in Farnboroug­h were conned out of £7,000 alex.boyd@reachplc.com @alexjamesb­oyd A criminal trick used by conmen resulted in an elderly Farnboroug­h couple being defrauded of £7,000. Hampshire Constabula­ry said the couple fell victim to a scam where a fake police officer claimed to be investigat­ing a banking fraud. On August 27, the couple, who are in their 80s, were contacted by a scammer over the phone who claimed to be a police officer. The conman, who said he was from Hammersmit­h Police, explained he was investigat­ing a money laundering fraud connected to local banks, and asked the pair if they would be able to assist. The suspect urged the husband to call another phone to verify his GETTY IMAGES/ ISTOCKPHOT­O A GLOBAL LEADER IN HEARING CARE INTRODUCIN­G AMPLIFON'S NEW EXCLUSIVE RANGE Discover our personalis­ed hearing aids and make the most of "your amplifon" with our new App TRY OUR NEW HEARING AIDS FREE FOR 7 DAYS FREEPHONE 0800 912 7831 Quote RE070920 THERE'S AN AMPLIFON FOR YOU £20 M&S GIFT CARD WHEN YOU COMPLETE A FREE TRIAL M&S £20 GIFT CARD www.amplifon.com *Offer valid until 30/09/2020. The quote reference must be stated at time of booking to qualify for the M&S gift card. The gift card will be sent up to 28 days following the successful completion of a trial. Rated ‘Excellent’ by our customers PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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