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Elderly women conned out of £206,000

Two elderly women from East Yorkshire have been conned out of a total of £206,000 between them by conmen posing as Metropolitan Police officers.

The first was persuaded to transfer £129,000 and a second woman £77,000 after falling foul of the scam.

Beware of conmen Credit: PA

In both cases the women were called by someone claiming to be from their bank’s head office, who told them their accounts had been compromised. He transferred them to a second man who claimed he was a Superintendent with the Met, who advised them to transfer funds to a secure account, which he provided details for.

In the last month, a 74-year-old woman was targeted twice in two days, transferring £44,000 and then £85,000 to the conmen. An 83-year-old was also hit twice in two days, handing over £50,000 and then £27,000.

Three others have also received similar calls, but did not transfer any money.

These are very unpleasant incidents, targeted at vulnerable victims, where a woman has been scammed out of a large amount of money by highly believable and unscrupulous criminals. Officers are working alongside colleagues from Action Fraud to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice. Our aim now is to spread awareness of the scam to prevent others falling foul of this con. Firstly, police would never ask a member of the public to transfer or hand over money. If you are unsure, call your bank or the police – from a different phone – to check whether the call is legitimate.

– Det Insp Rich Osgerby


Funeral of teen who died in East Yorkshire crash to take place

The funeral of one of two teenagers who died in a car crash in East Yorkshire earlier this month will take place today.

Daniel Maston Credit: Family photo

18-year-old Daniel Maston from Burstwick, near Holderness died after the accident on Newfield Lane in the village of Lelley alongside 19-year-old Bradley Parker.

Daniel's funeral will take place at Burstwick church.


Union: Tax credit cuts could cost region over £300m

The economy in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire could lose £332m a year if planned tax credit cuts go ahead, according to the trade union Unison.

A plan to scrap tax credits was blocked in the House of Lords Credit: PA

More than a quarter of a million working families in the region receive tax credits from the government.

Chancellor George Osborne is set to announce his autumn spending review later today.

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