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Taxi driver stops pensioner from being conned of thousands

Police are warning people to be vigilant after a caring taxi driver prevented a pensioner from being the victim of a £5,000 lottery scam.

The 80-year-old Sheffield man was contacted by someone telling him he had won £20,000 on the lottery. He provided his name and address and received a cheque for £5,000.

The man was instructed to pay the £5,000 into his bank account but was contacted a few days later by the same caller who said they’d paid him the wrong amount.

The gentleman was advised to withdraw the money from his account as cash and pay it into a Western Union account. He was assured a cheque for £20,000 would follow.

The man was on his way to take the cash out of his account when he spoke to his taxi driver about the lottery win.

Police are warning people to be aware and advise that people:

  • Always ask for full details from the caller and the company they are calling from. If you are not sure about the caller, speak to a relative, Citizens Advice or the police.
  • Never give out personal details to an unknown caller including your address, bank details or other contact details.
  • If you have a vulnerable relative, set up a call blocking system on their phone which prevents withheld numbers from getting through.
  • Keep an eye on any elderly relative’s finances where possible.
  • Action Fraud has its own website full of advice and information

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Fraud investigation launched after thousands stolen from Huddersfield business owner

Detectives in Huddersfield are appealing for information after thousands of pounds was stolen.

On 28 January, two male suspects went to see a business owner who runs an independent money transfer shop saying that he had a large quantity of Euros to exchange into Pounds.

The victim took the suspects to NatWest bank in Huddersfield town centre but before he was able to deposit the money at the bank, the two men took the majority of the Euros along with all of the Pounds which amounted to approximately £8,000.

The first suspect is described as 5"9, stocky build, clean shaven and aged between 40 and 45-years-old. He was Iraqi or Kurdish and spoke in broken English. He was wearing a black woolly hat and brown coat.

The second suspect is described as around 50-years-old, 5"4 tall, stocky build also Iraqi or Kurdish and spoke broken English.He was wearing a black jacket.

We are hoping to speak to anyone who saw these two men in Huddersfield or have any information which could help with our investigation. The suspects stole a significant amount of money and we would like to trace them.

– Detective Constable Oliver Coates, of Kirklees CID

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