Elderly woman conned out of cash by 'bogus' police officer

PUBLISHED: 16:56 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:56 19 April 2018

The woman was conned out of a 'significant amount of cash'.

The woman was conned out of a 'significant amount of cash'.

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An elderly Clevedon woman has been conned out of a 'significant amount of cash' after being called by a 'bogus' police officer.

The 81-year-old was called on April 9 by a man who claimed to be a police officer investigating a fraud involving her bank.

He persuaded her to withdraw the cash from her bank in sterling and in Euros over a number of days.

The money was collected by couriers on two separate occasions – the first between 5.30-6pm on April 9 and the second time at around 8pm on April 11.

She contacted the police on Friday after not hearing anything more from the ‘bogus police officer’.

Neighbourhood PC Peter Rooke said: “This incident has been very distressing for the lady involved, on top of the financial impact.

“I would ask anyone who gets an unsolicited phone call in which they are asked to transfer or withdraw funds to be extremely cautious.

“Genuine police officers will be quite happy for you to check with us by calling 101 or to call back when you can have a trusted friend or family member with you.”

If you have any information which could help with their investigation,call 101 or visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact and quote reference number 5218078692.

The police are urging people to ‘be alert’ when answering the phone anyone claiming to be from the police or bank and asking for your bank details.

Banks and police officers will never ask for your PIN and will not hurry you or alarm you.

Action Fraud is the national fraud reporting centre.

Visit www.actionfraud.police.uk for a full list of scams and frauds and share the information if you have a vulnerable family member, friend or neighbour.

If you think you have been defrauded, contact Action Fraud on 03001 232040.

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