Preston pensioner conned out of thousands by fraudsters posing as police on the phone

The victim transferred more than £5,000 before realising a fraud had been committed

Residents have been warned to ‘stay vigilant’ (Image: PA)

Residents across Lancashire have urged residents to ‘be vigilant’ after a vulnerable pensioner was conned out of thousands of pounds by conmen pretending to be police.

The victim, from Preston, was contacted a number of times via phone from a number which falsely showed to be coming from Lancashire Constabulary. The man was asked to hand over money to stop the misuse of his personal details.

The victim transferred £5000 before he realised that he had been decived. An investigation has been opened by Lancashire Police .

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Lancashire Police said: “We are warning people to be vigilant after a man was conned out of thousands of pounds by fraudsters posing as the police.

“The victim, from Preston, received a number of phone calls yesterday from a number which falsely showed it was coming from a Lancashire Constabulary contact and was asked to hand over money to stop his bank and personal details being misused.

“The victim transferred more than £5,000 before realising a fraud had been committed and calling the genuine police. An investigation is now underway. We would like to remind people to be vigilant and if you get this type of phone call, report it to the police and/ or your bank before transferring any money into another account or agreeing to hand any of your cash over.”

People who commit these offences will often target the elderly posing as officials to gain their confidence and trust, the police say. No police officer or other official body will ever ask for bank details or would ever ask you to withdraw or transfer funds.

Anyone who receives a call from someone saying they are from the police, or another law enforcement agency, is told to call 101 to verify they do work for the police. Anyone with an elderly friend or relative is advised to let them know that this has happened so they can avoid becoming a potential victim.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary added: “We would also ask people to check on elderly or vulnerable people in the community. Has their behaviour changed? Are they anxious around the telephone, taking calls at a set time and being secretive about the calls? Do they appear stressed and anxious but reluctant to talk or lacking trust in banks? Finally, have they started to withdraw cash or is there a large amount of cash in their address? If so, please get in contact with us immediately.”

Anyone with information or concerns should call 101 or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

You can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk

  • 05:30, 9 DEC 2022

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