Warning as ‘Met Police’ scam hits city victims
Sunderland residents are being urged by police to remain vigilant after seeing phone scammers con vulnerable people in the area out of thousands of pounds.
Police are investigating a number of reports, predominantly in the Sunderland area, that have involved fraudsters phoning vulnerable individuals claiming to be police officers from the Metropolitan Police.
On some occasions, the caller has asked the victims to assist in a police investigation by withdrawing cash from their bank accounts.
Once the money is withdrawn, the fraudsters have arranged for somebody to then collect the money.
Last month an 87-yearold man from the Carley Hill area of Sunderland was tricked into handing over £6,000 as a result of the scam.
Three days later, an 84-year-old man living in the Fulwell area of Sunderland alerted police after being contacted by a man who claimed to work for New Scotland Yard.
The pensioner was told somebody had been using one of his cards in north London, and the caller then attempted to obtain personal information from him over the phone, which the pensioner withheld.
Police are now urging members of the public to remain vigilant following similar reports.