UPDATE: Con scams Loughborough victims out of thousands

By Beth Mosettig

Two elderly residents of Loughborough have been scammed out of thousands of pounds by fraudsters pretending to be police.

The offenders called up the victims pretending to be police officers and tell them that their bank account has been used fraudulently.

The fraudsters then tell the victims to go to the bank and withdraw all their money, even organising a taxi to take them to the branch.

After the victim has withdrawn the money the offenders then tell them to seal it an envelope asks them to provide a password, and a courier comes and picks the money up.

The police are aware of two incidents that occurred on the 11 and 21 October in Loughborough and believe there could be many more victims.

Detective Constable Julia Newton said: “If you have elderly relatives, neighbours or friends, please speak to them about this scam – make them aware of the dangers and what they can do to protect themselves.

“Genuine callers will be happy to verify their credentials and will not mind you asking to call them back while you phone their supposed employer to seek assurance.”

Locals took to social media to express their disbelief of the incidents

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Katy Foxton: “That time of year where scum bags will try anything these poor people, feel so sorry for should never give details over the phone”

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Lesley Ann Towl “It really does beggar belief that people can do such cruel things, My mum is way too canny these days but even though I have advised her what to do it is important to keep the message going.”

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Sasha Piera “Completely and utterly disgusting! How was such a vile creatures even conceived?!!”

Some have even suggested providing financial support for the victims.

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Judith Spence: “Is there anyone who has set up a fund for these ladies or do they have family support etc?”

If you have any information please get in touch with Leicestershire police through the non-emergency number 101, or via their website leics.police.uk/contact-us

 

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