Scam cost­ing Wear­siders thou­sands

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A “SO­PHIS­TI­CATED” tele­phone scam is cost­ing peo­ple thou­sands of pounds in the Sun­der­land area.

Northum­bria Po­lice has asked peo­ple to “re­main vig­i­lant” af­ter a num­ber of peo­ple fell vic­tim to the con. Of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a num­ber of re­ports, pre­dom­i­nantly in the Sun­der­land area, that have in­volved sus­pected fraud­sters phon­ing “vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als”, say­ing they are 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 Car­ley Hill, was tricked into hand­ing over £6,000 as a re­sult of the scam.

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