Dorset Police save woman from £35,000 scam

Dorset Police save woman from £35,000 scam

Published by George Sharpe at 1:21pm 5th September 2019.

Dorset Police are warning us about scammers after a 70 year old woman from Dorset fell victim to a scam.

The woman, in her 70's, lost a substantial amount of money to a previous scam in 2018. It's believed her name and details are on a scamming list, passed between fraudsters.

She had already paid £20,000 to scammers, before she was stopped on Wednesday (4th September) by Dorset Police's Fraud Triage Team. 

She had transferred £20,000 to them the day before. 

Fraudsters called the woman claiming she needed to pay them £35,000
Fraudsters called the woman claiming she needed to pay them £35,000

In May 2019 she was called by a company who said she had shares that she was required to sell. She was told she needed to pay money to convert warrants to shares, which she did.

She was then contacted this week and told she had to buy the director of the company out for £35,000.

She said she had received lots of calls from an unknown number in Japan.

What should I do if I'm contacted by scammers?

Fraud Investigator Shane Cherrett, of Dorset Police, said:

"Thankfully we were able to intercept this recent fraud, stop the payments and refund the money back to the victim. We have also provided her with advice and support. 

"Scammers will repeatedly target known victims and will constantly change their story to make it sound plausible.

"Our advice is very simple. Always be aware and take steps to verify the identity of a caller who is asking for money. A genuine caller will not mind waiting or calling back to allow you to do this.

"Do not transfer money to a company you have not heard of or not requested work or services from. If you are concerned about the validity of something - stop and speak to someone for help and advice.

"Anyone with concerns can contact Action Fraud or Dorset Police."

If you have information about the scam of the Poole woman, or have been approached in a similar way, please contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190138272. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.