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Councillor Davod Harrison

Scammers preying on the vulnerable

Older lady on the phone with her credit card
Older lady on the phone with her credit card

I was told about a particularly nasty crime today.

A fraudster targeted an elderly lady who lives on the Rushington Estate.

She was taken in by somebody who phoned her, claiming to be from her bank and asking various security questions.

She believed the person who told her that a plain clothes police officer would call later that day and that she mustn’t tell anyone because they were conducting a fraud enquiry.

The chap turned up and persuaded her to withdraw £2000 from her bank as a test and then later a further £2000.

I understand that a similar scam was conducted just outside Totton, where a couple were fooled into losing £20,000.

The criminals are targeted older, vulnerable, people who are more inclined to accept what people say to them.

I don’t know to what extent the banks check when old people suddenly request large cash withdrawals, but it seems not enough in these two incidents.

If you know older, vulnerable people, it is as well to try and make them aware that these things are happening locally.

I think a lot of these crimes go unreported because of embarrassment suffered by the victims.

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