Police in Greater Manchester are warning members of the public not to be taken in by a telephone scam which has left a 72-year-old victim hundreds of pounds out of pocket.
The scam, which sees unsuspecting members of the public receive telephone calls from people claiming to be from HMRC, has already conned a 72-year-old woman out of £1300 and officers fear more victims may have been taken in but not yet reported it to police.
The woman from Beswick, North Manchester, bought £1300 of iTunes vouchers from Asda and Currys after receiving one of these calls from an unknown offender.
She then called the offender back and gave him the voucher codes in an effort to pay back a debt she had never owed.
It was only after the victim told a family member did she realise that she had been tricked.
Constable Amanda Simmonds said: “This scam is the work of a cruel and heartless confidence trickster and we would like to warn the public not be taken in.
“We know of one case already, but it is incredibly likely that she is not the only person to have been contacted by this offender or offenders.
If you receive an unsolicited call from someone purporting to be from HMRC or the tax office and asking for payment of a debt you did not know you owed, treat this with the utmost suspicion."
Police are hunting for a burglar after a man in his 90s was attacked in his own home in Oldham.
The man was was asleep in his lounge at his home on Rochdale Road in Shaw at around 4.20pm on Friday when he was awoken by noises.
He went into his bedroom, where he saw a man climbing through the window.
The man pushed the victim and he banged his head on the floor, before stepping over him and looking around the rest of the house. He returned a few minutes later, climbed back through the window, and fled.
The offender is described as white, in his twenties, about 5ft 8in tall, of slim build, with short/medium length black hair. He was dark clothing and a hooded top with the hood up and trainers. He spoke with a local accent.
Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Constable Nichola Chapman of GMP’s Oldham Borough said: “This was a heartless attack on a vulnerable man who, fortunately wasn’t seriously injured, but he was understandably extremely distressed.
It is not clear if the offender stole anything, but this does not detract from the fact that an elderly man was targeted in his own home and I would urge you to come forward if you have any information.
If you saw a man matching that description in the area at the time please get in touch with police and tell us what you know.”
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Merseyside Police has confirmed that a 22-year-old man from Anfield has today been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault following an incident in Townsend Lane, Anfield yesterday where a suspected petrol bomb was thrown in the direction of police officers.
Police say the man has been taken to a police station to be interviewed and enquiries are ongoing into the incident.
This news comes after police confirmed that they have also arrested a 25-year-old male on suspicion of drugs offences in relation to the incident.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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