Phone scammers continue to prey on elderly in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 14:50 28 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:50 28 August 2013

Police are hunting the scammers

Police are hunting the scammers

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PHONE scammers are being hunted in Welwyn Hatfield by police as they continue to prey on the elderly.

Over the weekend two incidents were reported to officers where crooks attempted to con bank details.

One of them was successful and a couple in Brookmans Park were called on Sunday.

The victims handed over their bank card and cash was later stolen from the account.

A woman in Cuffley was called on Saturday afternoon.

She did not pass over any details and contacted her bank.

Elderly residents are the main targets, with their ages ranging from 60s to 80s.

The fraudsters either pretend to be police officers investigating a theft on their back account, or they claim to be working for the victim’s bank and they then ask for account information.

In some cases, if the patsy becomes suspicious, the con man suggests that they call 999 or 101 to ask for confirmation that the person is a police officer.

The victim then calls police, but doesn’t realise the offender has not hung up so it goes straight through to them again.

In some cases a female fraudster comes on the line and pretends to be working in the police control room and verifies the ‘officer’s’ details.

The caller is then ‘transferred’ back through to the first offender who obtains all the victim’s details.

A ‘courier’ is then sent to the house to pick up the victim’s card which is then used to obtain money.

A police spokeswoman said: “The advice is clear.

“Police officers and bank workers would never ask you to reveal your personal bank account details.

“Never give them out over the phone.

“Visit your local branch if you have any concerns about your account.

“We would urge people to share this information and advice with their elderly relatives or neighbours so they are aware.”


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