Police warn of fake scam aimed at elderly people in Eastleigh

Detectives have warned residents of a fake scam aimed at elderly residents in the Eastleigh area.

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Fake police scam loses victims thousands

Police are investigating reports of a fake police telephone scam, aimed at the elderly, after victims lose thousands in cash or valuables.

All those involved received a telephone call from a man claiming to be from Hammersmith Police.

One 83-year-old woman was then told that there had been fraudulent activity on her bank account and someone had been arrested.

She was told that her bank was under police surveillance and she should withdraw money. A courier would then pick it.

She did this, only to be called back and told it was a scam.

Other victims, who have lost valuable items instead of cash, have received similar phone calls.

Anyone who receives a call like this should contact PS Harry Wilson at Eastleigh police station on 101.

Fake police scam aimed at the elderly in Eastleigh

Police are warning people in Eastleigh to be on their guard as a fake police scam, aimed at the elderly, has been reported to them.

Victims have all received a phone call from a man claiming to be from Hammersmith Police.

The man sounds very plausible but police are warning to not give out bank details or to pass any valuable items to couriers following calls like this.

They have given this advice on any telephone scams:

  • Never accept offers over the phone "if they sound too good to be true, they usually are."
  • Never give personal details over the phone
  • Report any suspicious phone calls to your phone company
  • Consider registering your phone number with Telephone Preference Service (TPS Online) or 0845 070 0707
  • Most telephone providers will block anonymous callers
  • Never give your credit or bank card PIN over the phone. This information is never requested legitimately by your bank or the police
  • If you think something is wrong, hang up the phone

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