Warning issued as woman loses £3,000 in scam
County woman is victim of fraud
THE public are being warned to remain vigilant after a woman was coaxed into handing over thousands of pounds in a telephone scam.
She was contacted on September 26 by a number that appeared to be from a member of her family. However, upon answering, she was told that family member had been arrested and that she must pay money to release him from custody.
The woman, who is from Leicestershire, withdrew more than £3,000 and paid it into a BitCoin machine, as instructed by the caller, believing that this was a bail cost.
She was then told to withdraw more than £6,000 which would release the family member from custody. However, when she went to withdraw this money, a member of staff at the bank became suspicious and intervened.
Detective Constable Steve Wallage, the investigating officer, said: “I would urge everyone living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to take on board this incident and make themselves aware of such a scam currently in operation.
“I would also ask that anyone who has any family or friends who they feel may be vulnerable to such a scam to make them aware and ask that they remain vigilant.
“Police would never ask for payments to be made to release someone from bail or custody and any reputable organisation would never ask that money is handed over via a BitCoin machine.”
No-one has been arrested in connection with this incident at this time and enquiries are ongoing.
Incidents of this nature should be reported to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk, where further information can also be found.