Bogus police officers scam pensioner out of £5,000

POLICE have issued an urgent warning after reports of scammers targeting residents in Stroud and Cirencester with fraudulent phone calls over recent days.

Police have received nine reports of scam calls over the last five days where scammers have pretended to be police officers from Hammersmith Police before convincing their elderly victims to withdraw and hand over sums of money.

One of the incidents happened on Friday afternoon and saw a 79 year-old victim from Cirencester hand over £5,000.

In all cases, the fraudsters pretended to be DC Daniels and DC Clark from Hammersmith Police Station and tried to trick them out of money.

They asked the victim to assist in a “covert police operation” which involved the victim withdrawing cash from their bank account. The fraudsters then told the victims that the cash was counterfeit; and then sent over a “police courier” to collect the cash.

Gloucestershire police have received eight similar reports over the last five days, all from residents of Stroud and Cirencester.

A fraud officer for Gloucestershire Police said: “The police will never ask you to hand over cash, bank cards, or other items.

“If you receive a call like this, hang up straight away and use a different phone to contact the police on 101 to report the incident.

“If you don’t have access to another telephone, contact a friend or relative first, to ensure that the fraudster has not stayed on the line.”

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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