Warning after pensioner loses £200k in bank scam

Police are warning that residents in the New Forest could be targeted by a bank scam, which led to a pensioner handing over £200,000 of savings to conmen.

The 75-year-old woman was tricked into believing she was speaking to representatives from the Halifax bank fraud squad on the phone. They told her they had spotted fraudulent activity on her account and told her to follow their instructions to catch those responsible.

She was tricked into withdrawing money from her account and handing it over to a courier who arrived at her home. The woman was also convinced to transfer money into another bank account.

Hampshire Police warn that bank officials or police officers would never ask for money to be handed over to couriers or transferred to another account. They say that anyone who receives a suspicious call should not give any details to the caller and should contact the police immediately. Officers are also reminding people not to give out personal details over the phone.

If you have elderly relatives, friends or neighbours please make them aware of this scam and remind them not to give any details to unexpected callers.

Remain alert and if you see them being approached by unexpected visitors please check who they are and ensure they are a legitimate caller.

– Detective Constable Dave Wheeler, Hampshire Police