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Two arrested after elderly woman defrauded

An elderly woman from Bath has been conned out of thousands of pounds. Credit: PA

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.

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Man charged with fraud and money-laundering

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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).

CCTV released after fraud and theft from shops in Swindon

CCTV image of the man Wiltshire Police are searching for. Credit: Wiltshire Police

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.

Fraudsters targeting Hawkesbury Upton

People have been calling, falsely claiming to be from HMRC. Credit: PA Images

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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