Taxi driver stops attempt to steal 87-year-old's 'life savings'

PUBLISHED: 17:11 03 April 2019

Avon and Somerset Constabulary launch It's Okay To Say No campaign.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary launch It's Okay To Say No campaign.

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A quick-thinking taxi driver thwarted an attempt to fraud an elderly woman ‘out of her life savings’.

The 87-year-old Nailsea victim told the driver she needed to withdraw all her money from her bank account, raising suspicion.

During the journey the woman told the driver ‘there was something funny going on with her account and she had been requested to withdraw all her money’.

But Donald Wilby, a driver from Nailsea and Backwell Taxis, became suspicious and when he arrived at the bank he alerted bank staff who froze her account the police.

The taxi had been booked over the phone by someone with a foreign accent, telling the company it was for ‘his mother’ to take her to NatWest Bank in Clevedon.

Complex crime unit Detective Sergeant, Marc Milliner, said: “Mr Wilby did exactly what we would have wanted and raised his concerns with the bank and ourselves.

“His quick-thinking action has potentially saved the victim from being duped out of her life savings.

“We hope other taxi drivers and those providing a courier collection service will take this on board and alert us if they are asked to take elderly and vulnerable people to withdraw cash from their banks, or are asked to collect packages from people on behalf of police officers or bank officials.”

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has warned people to ‘be vigilant’, especially when the caller claims to be from the police or bank.

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