5 People In Bridport Targeted By Phone Scam
7:18am 3rd September 2014
Police in Bridport have issued a warning after 5 people in the town have been targeted by phone scammers in the last week.
The con-artists pretend they're from the Metropolitan Police and get their victims to draw out cash and give it to a courier.
If you know someone who's elderly or vulnerable the Police want you to talk to them to make sure they don't fall for the scam.
One victim in Weymouth was conned out £26,000.
Inspector Mike Darby from Bridport Police told Wessex FM how the scam works;
"The caller tries to convince the victim to make a withdrawal from their account, usually by stating they have someone in custody who has been caught using a cloned credit card in the victim's name and their bank account has been compromised. They convince the victim to withdraw a large sum of money which is then collected by an innocent courier or taxi driver who is not aware of the contents of the package. The courier then takes the money to an arranged location where they usually hand the package to a person who they have arranged to meet in public."
"The offenders target victims who are vulnerable and may be susceptible to being convinced to part with their money. I urge people who have elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives to speak to them about their financial security and tell them about this scam and should they ever get a call out of the blue from someone claiming to be a police officer to get their Force Switchboard and extension number and call them back to confirm their identity. Additionally real police officers will never ask people to reveal personal bank account details or ask them to hand money over to the police so if they do, terminate the call and call the real police on 101 to report the incident."