Police warning after phone scammers target 90-year-old
A 90-year-old Marlborough woman was so intimidated by hoax callers that she withdrew several thousand pounds from her bank.
The hoaxers called the pensioner on Friday, purporting to be fraud investigators from New Scotland Yard, telling her that several hundred pounds had been stolen from her account.
A second trickster then called, and told her to empty her bank account to prevent the loss of any further funds.
The pensioner was so intimidated that she took a taxi to her bank, and withdrew several thousand pounds.
It is believed that in the third stage of the hoax, a caller tells the victim to pay the money into a new, “safe” account – one owned by the perpetrators.
PC Nick Spargo of Marlborough Police said: “The victims are repeatedly told not to tell anyone that they are going to the bank and if the cashiers ask why they need such a large amount of money, they are told to lie or to refuse to answer.
“Please check on any elderly relatives and advise them that police officers will never ask someone to take money out of their account, never provide anyone with your bank account details or PIN number.
“It's too late for some people as they have fallen victim to this scam, but please pass on this information to anyone that you feel may benefit.”
In this case, said PC Spargo, police returned to the bank with the victim, and the cash was safely deposited back in her own account.