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Mark Howells (Surrey Police,
Crime Reduction Advisor, Tandridge, Reigate and Banstead)
Advice after reports of a telephone fraud
advised to be vigilant following a recent fraud which has seen offenders
pose as police officers over the phone before sending couriers to collect
money from their homes.
A person claiming to be from either Surrey Police or the Metropolitan
Police explained that there had been fraudulent activity in their bank
accounts, either with items being illegally purchased or with bank
transactions being deleted from their statements.
Victims were told the bank was involved with the scam and subsequently
told to withdraw a large sum of money. It was then arranged for a
courier to collect the money from their address as the notes were
These fraudsters tend to target the most
vulnerable members of our society, in particular the elderly, and do come
across as very plausible on the phone. They may even know some of your
personal details, such as a name or an address which can be easy to
obtain from a phonebook or voters register.
The Police will NEVER instruct you to withdraw money over the
phone. If you are ever suspicious of a call, hang up immediately and wait
five minutes to ensure your line is clear or use a different telephone.
You can then call us on 101 to report the suspicious activity, or clarify
whether you had actually been contacted by us.
Further advice can be obtained from the Action Fraud website:
or telephone Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
Alternatively contact Surrey Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555
Be safe and
cautious of any cold call to you.
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