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PHONE SCAM

●● 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.

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