Warn­ing as ‘Met Po­lice’ scam hits city vic­tims

Sunderland Echo - - News -

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.

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