Scammers Con Thousands Of Pounds Out Of Weymouth Pensioners
7:57am 10th April 2014
Two people in Weymouth have been conned out of nearly £40,000 by a "highly organised crime network" posing as Police Officers.
Dorset Police is trying to track down the criminals responsible who phone people's homes, pretending to be from the Metropolitan Police, and tell them their bank accounts have been hacked.
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Detective Sergeant Andy Marsh from Weymouth CID explains how the scam works;
"This is a highly organised scam working from the London area. Victims receive a phone call from a man identifying himself as a Police Officer from Hammersmith.
He provides a complicated story about the victim's bank account being compromised by a person who is in Police custody.
The offender is very convincing and the victim is persuaded to assist with the investigation by withdrawing large amounts of cash and packeting it up and passing it to a courier."
Recently, two people in Weymouth town have been conned out of £26,000 and £12,000 and a number of other people are being targeted in the county.
There's a real concern elderly residents are being targeted by the criminals.
Dorset Police say no one from the Police force would ever ask for money or for your bank details - they're urging us to be on our guard;
"I urge residents, when contacted by anyone trying to persuade them to hand over cash to a courier, not to agree to any such arrangements and to inform Dorset Police on 101 at the earliest opportunity.
"I would also ask family members and neighbours to report any concerns to the police.
"These types of scams have been reported in other parts of Dorset and nationally. It is extremely concerning that there have been a number of cases in Weymouth in a very short period of time.
"I strongly urge everyone to be vigilant to make sure they take note of our crime prevention advice."