Fraudsters scam pensioner out of £5,000

Fraudsters scam pensioner out of £5,000

Fraudsters scam pensioner out of £5,000

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A pensioner has been conned out of £5,000 in the latest round of scam calls.

The 79-year-old from Crowborough received a call on Monday from a man claiming to be a police officer at Paddington Green police station in London.

The person, who claims to be a PC Ian Baker, said the victim's card had been cloned and they had arrested someone for it.

He then asked the victim to put £5,000 in a taxi which would arrive in Crowborough, which he did.

There were nine other attempted frauds in Eastbourne and Crowborough on the same day.

The caller used a similar method, saying he was a police officer, and that the victim's card had been used to buy luxury goods, and they needed to call their bank or give them their bank details.

None of the people called gave any details and immediately contacted Sussex Police.

Detective Sergeant Dave Tye said: "Thankfully nine people became suspicious of the caller and either asked for a number to call back on or ended the call. Unfortunately the man in Crowborough believed his card had been cloned and has handed over a large sum of money.

"It is good that many people are already aware of this scam and are taking our advice.

"We urge anyone hearing about this scam to pass the message on to any friends and relatives who may not be aware of this particular type of targeted fraud, to prevent any vulnerable friends or family members from becoming victims.

"Legitimate organisations would never ask for bank or card details over and phone and we urge people to stay vigilant and to never pass on these details.

"Similarly the police will never ask for money to be placed in a taxi to be taken elsewhere.

"Anyone receiving such calls should wait at least 10 minutes for their line to clear and if the opportunity arises dial 1471 to obtain the caller's number.

Once certain that the line is clear use your phone, mobile or alternative line, and phone Sussex Police on 101 to report your suspicions."

 

 

 

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1:14pm Tue 13 May 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

If money was put in a taxi surely the driver can be traced? With all the CCTV around it must be possible?

I hope this evil scumbag is found very soon and preferably by some good citizens who give him the just desserts he deserves.
If money was put in a taxi surely the driver can be traced? With all the CCTV around it must be possible? I hope this evil scumbag is found very soon and preferably by some good citizens who give him the just desserts he deserves. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 4

3:03pm Tue 13 May 14

tykemison says...

Getthiscoalitionout, I concur, absolute scum and these beasts who prey on society's elders need to receive stiff custodial sentences, its time society woke up and acknowledged the sickness of these crimes and gave a large sentence, any decent minded individual would agree, these scumbags are deserving of long sentences, wake up to modern life court house's. Dispicable.
Getthiscoalitionout, I concur, absolute scum and these beasts who prey on society's elders need to receive stiff custodial sentences, its time society woke up and acknowledged the sickness of these crimes and gave a large sentence, any decent minded individual would agree, these scumbags are deserving of long sentences, wake up to modern life court house's. Dispicable. tykemison
  • Score: 3

3:56pm Tue 13 May 14

Tammy Flugh says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
If money was put in a taxi surely the driver can be traced? With all the CCTV around it must be possible?

I hope this evil scumbag is found very soon and preferably by some good citizens who give him the just desserts he deserves.
If it's a real taxi and driver which I doubt. A real one would have to be ordered by phone, and taxis firms keep records. Far too risky.
What if one person who recognised it as a scam pretended to go along with it? Surely an unmarked police car could get there before the "taxi".
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: If money was put in a taxi surely the driver can be traced? With all the CCTV around it must be possible? I hope this evil scumbag is found very soon and preferably by some good citizens who give him the just desserts he deserves.[/p][/quote]If it's a real taxi and driver which I doubt. A real one would have to be ordered by phone, and taxis firms keep records. Far too risky. What if one person who recognised it as a scam pretended to go along with it? Surely an unmarked police car could get there before the "taxi". Tammy Flugh
  • Score: 2

5:56pm Tue 13 May 14

Martin999 says...

There is much to this con that I don't understand. Did the victim just happen to have £5000 in cash at hand? How did the con man convince the victim that he needed to give the money to the taxi driver? Why does the con man use the same identity every time? (Ian Baker, Paddington Green). It's all very well telling the public to dial 1471 and get the number, but it will almost certainly be an untraceable mobile number. I think the police should be making a bit more effort to catch this evil man instead of hoping the public do their job for them.
There is much to this con that I don't understand. Did the victim just happen to have £5000 in cash at hand? How did the con man convince the victim that he needed to give the money to the taxi driver? Why does the con man use the same identity every time? (Ian Baker, Paddington Green). It's all very well telling the public to dial 1471 and get the number, but it will almost certainly be an untraceable mobile number. I think the police should be making a bit more effort to catch this evil man instead of hoping the public do their job for them. Martin999
  • Score: 0

6:55pm Tue 13 May 14

Mr chock says...

Martin999 wrote:
There is much to this con that I don't understand. Did the victim just happen to have £5000 in cash at hand? How did the con man convince the victim that he needed to give the money to the taxi driver? Why does the con man use the same identity every time? (Ian Baker, Paddington Green). It's all very well telling the public to dial 1471 and get the number, but it will almost certainly be an untraceable mobile number. I think the police should be making a bit more effort to catch this evil man instead of hoping the public do their job for them.
the Argus likes this type of story it did a story on a lady who has over 200 pounds in her purse on sunday just walking across the road she got robbed.. looks like another story the argus has not put the full "information on this out .." its a scam clearly but wow 5000 £ in cash.. amazing
[quote][p][bold]Martin999[/bold] wrote: There is much to this con that I don't understand. Did the victim just happen to have £5000 in cash at hand? How did the con man convince the victim that he needed to give the money to the taxi driver? Why does the con man use the same identity every time? (Ian Baker, Paddington Green). It's all very well telling the public to dial 1471 and get the number, but it will almost certainly be an untraceable mobile number. I think the police should be making a bit more effort to catch this evil man instead of hoping the public do their job for them.[/p][/quote]the Argus likes this type of story it did a story on a lady who has over 200 pounds in her purse on sunday just walking across the road she got robbed.. looks like another story the argus has not put the full "information on this out .." its a scam clearly but wow 5000 £ in cash.. amazing Mr chock
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