RESIDENTS of Essex have been warned to be on the look out for fraudsters claiming to be undercover police officers and anti-fraud investigators from victims’ banks.
Fraudsters contact the victims claiming to be from the police or their banks fraud teams; the criminals say they are investigating frauds at banks where the workers are being complicit, including issuing fake bank notes.
After they have convinced their victims that they are legitimate, they ask them to withdraw large sums of money to pass onto a courier at an agreed time and/or location. Some cases have involved victims being told to transfer the funds to a ‘safe account’ to protect their money from the bank staff.
Targeting the most vulnerable people, they have already convinced two elderly women aged 77 and 90, to withdraw large sums of money believed to be thousands of pounds.
Detective Chief Inspector Lee Morton of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate has said, ‘Criminals who carry out these types of offences prey on the most vulnerable members of society and care little if their victims are left penniless as a result of the lies they have spun.’
Anyone with information about this scam or suspects people are acting suspiciously please call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.