●● MACCLESFIELD residents are being warned of a phone scam which has led to combined losses of £30,000.
Cheshire police said that in each of the cases, victims received a call from a man claiming to be an officer from the Metropolitan Police.
The con artist told victims their bank accounts had been cloned and said they needed to transfer their money to another account urgently. Details were then given by the offender of a ‘safe’ account to which victims needed to transfer all of their money. Once moved to the new account, it was transferred again and withdrawn.
Detective Sergeant Darren Wright warned residents that the police would never call victims and ask for money.
He said: “In recent days there has been a total of seven incidents reported.
“Correctly, the majority of people identified this as a scam and refused to co-operate.
“Unfortunately some have fallen victim to this scam and had thousands of pounds stolen from their accounts.”
Call police on 101 or 0300 123 2040.