Residents in Trafford are being warned about a scam in which victims are falsely told they're owed thousands. It's after 78-year-old Altrincham man received a phone call on Monday, stating he was owed £3,500 after he had been overcharged on his bank account.
To receive the cheque he was told to buy a YOUCASH Voucher to cover admin fees and give them the number over the phone else his cheque would not be delivered. Once the voucher number is given over the phone the offender can retrieve funds, there was clearly no intention to deliver the cheque.
Officers from Trafford division are now warning other residents not to fall foul of this scam. PC John McGrath, based in Trafford, said: "This man did exactly the right thing. He questioned the letter and immediately called the police when he had concerns about it.
"I would urge anyone who receives a letter or e-mail along these lines to contact the police. I would also say that no legitimate company or organisation would expect you to hand over money before they send you what is rightfully yours.
"Trust your instincts and if it does not seem right then it probably isn't."