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Police say a fraudster is operating locally
« on: October 03, 2009, 11:20:01 am »
From Herts police...

TWELVE RESIDENTS PRAISED FOR ACTIONS AGAINST FRAUDSTERS
By Corporate Communication Dept


OFFICERS from Operation Manhunt, Hertfordshire Constabulary’s team dedicated to catching distraction burglars, are praising the actions of twelve Hertfordshire residents who were faced with suspicious phone calls.

The residents phoned police after they had a call from a man claiming to be a police officer investigating a fraud and asking them to provide their bank details, including Personal Identification Numbers (PIN).

All twelve calls were received on Tuesday (September 29) and Wednesday (September 30) afternoon and evening in properties in Potters Bar, Waltham Cross and Cuffley.

In other similar incidents where the fraudsters have been successful, the offender later attends the victim’s home to collect bank statements and credit/debit cards. They then steal money from their accounts. The elderly are most commonly targeted and in some cases they have been conned out of thousands of pounds.

Officers from Operation Manhunt are investigating over 20 similar incidents in the county which they believe may be linked. Similar offences are also being investigated in London and Essex

Detective Inspector Dave Wheatley said: “We recently issued advice to people about what to do if they receive a call of this nature and it is good to know that people are taking on board our advice. These people took exactly the right action - they suspected the callers were not legitimate and did not give them their bank details.

“A police officer would never ask for bank details and I would strongly advise anyone faced with a similar call not to hand out their personal information, including bank details.

“I would urge people to pass this message on to their friends and relatives and would also encourage anyone who believes they have had similar phone calls to contact police as soon as possible on the non-emergency number 0845 3300222.”


http://www.herts.police.uk/crimedatabase/site/content.php?article_id=7040

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