Warn­ing is­sued as woman loses £3,000 in scam

County woman is vic­tim of fraud

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

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.

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