Officers have arrested two people after an elderly woman from Bath was conned out of thousands of pounds.
The 78-year-old victim received a call on July 20 from a man posing as a police officer.
He convinced her to attend her bank and withdraw a large quantity of money. A courier then called at her house to pick the money up.
Avon and Somerset Police were alerted to the incident and have made two arrests - a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of fraud by false representation and a 28-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.
A 30-year-old man has been charged with fraud and money-laundering offences.
Ryan Kennedy is to appear at Bristol Magistrates Court on July 5.
He has been charged with the theft of Bitcoins to a value in excess of £1 million, that were then spent on a luxury lifestyle.
It is alleged the offences were committed between January – December in 2014.
This follows a three-year investigation by Economic Crime Team investigators from Avon and Somerset’s Complex Crime Team (Investigations).
Wiltshire Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an incident of theft and fraud.
At approximately 8.30pm on May 12, a man left his bank card in the self-service check-outs in Morrisons, Eldene.
He noticed within 10 minutes and informed the card company.
However it had already been used fraudulently for two separate transactions to purchase items at Morrisons and McColls.
A scam highlighted by the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre Action Fraud in May 2016 is affecting people in Hawkesbury Upton.
Police say they've been made aware of a number of calls to residents of the village from people claiming to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in which householders were told they could go to prison if they did not immediately pay an outstanding tax debt.
Action Fraud issued a warning about the scam, in which people are sometimes told to pay their tax with iTunes vouchers, in May 2016.
Neighbourhood PC Daniel Jones said:
“HMRC will never ask for payment in vouchers. If you get this sort of unexpected call end it immediately. If you are concerned about your tax status, contact HMRC directly using details from www.gov.uk, the phone book, or HMRC correspondence you know to be genuine.
“Never phone an unexpected caller back on the number displayed when they call, or any number they give you. Always check the correct number for the organisation they claim to be from through an accredited source like the phone book.”
If you believe you have been contacted by a fraudster, report it.
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Police are warning parents to be on their guard after fraudsters have begun sending distressing messages in the hope of scamming money.
Victims initially receive a text message from a loved-one saying they are in hospital and the only way they can make contact is via text message.
After responding to the message, fraudsters then ask victims to purchase a mobile phone top-up code and text it to them.
Once the crooks have the code they get the cash credited to their own mobile phone account.
These messages can evolve into more elaborate scenarios and are designed to play on your emotions and get you to react quickly without thinking.
Remember that if a family member, loved-one or friend was hospitalised, they wouldn’t be forced to use a mobile phone that required credit to activate it as staff would easily be able to contact you by other means.
If you receive one of these messages:
- Stop and think before taking immediate action.
- Do you recognise the number? An easy way to check if the text you receive is a scam is to contact who the text is purportedly from, directly on their normal number that you recognise or have stored.
- Chances are they will answer their phone or text you back.
- Do not send any voucher codes, top-ups or money and do not provide any personal details or information.
- Delete it.
- Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool at www.actionfraud.police.uk.
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Experts are warning people in the South West to protect their phones or face being a victim of identity fraud. David Wood reports.
If you are worried about identity fraud, you can reduce the risk:
If you use social networking sites, limit the amount of personal information you give away and activate tough privacy settings.
Only enter your personal details into secure websites (look for https:// at the start of the website address and a closed padlock symbol on your web browser window), belonging to organisations you know and trust.
Check the credentials of anyone asking for your personal information, whether by phone, face-to-face or over the internet. If in doubt, don't do it!
Shred any documents that contain your information before you throw them away.
For more information on protecting yourself from identity fraud click here
The MP for South Dorset, is flying to Hungary to support a constituent who is being tried for fraud.
Michael Turner and Jason McGoldrick from Plymouth were arrested in 2009 after their timeshare marketing business collapsed.
Richard Drax MP, testified as a character witness, and should arrive in time for the verdict this afternoon.