Bogus cops trick man out of £2,500

Essex County Standard: Bogus cops trick man out of £2,500 Bogus cops trick man out of £2,500

FAKE cops conned a man out of thousands of pounds.

At least 21 people were targeted in 24 hours, with a man from Dedham, who fell for the scam, losing £2,500.

The con artists call people and claim to be from Essex Police or the Metropolitan Police.

Read the full story in today's Gazette.

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9:31am Fri 28 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

What is the point of putting half the story when the news is important, more important than some you have deemed newsworthy today?
What is the point of putting half the story when the news is important, more important than some you have deemed newsworthy today? totallyfootball
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10:28am Fri 28 Mar 14

cynicalsubber says...

Agreed, We need to know how this scam works.
Agreed, We need to know how this scam works. cynicalsubber
  • Score: 4

10:32am Fri 28 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

cynicalsubber wrote:
Agreed, We need to know how this scam works.
I know how it works it was on the national news a few days ago but this half baked paper needs to get a grip! For those that don't know, they are targeting old and vulnerable people, phoning them and pretending to be from their bank telling them there is a problem with their account that they can sort if they follow the instructions, then they are sending couriers or taxis to collect their debit card and getting them to part with their pin number to! Vile individuals!
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsubber[/bold] wrote: Agreed, We need to know how this scam works.[/p][/quote]I know how it works it was on the national news a few days ago but this half baked paper needs to get a grip! For those that don't know, they are targeting old and vulnerable people, phoning them and pretending to be from their bank telling them there is a problem with their account that they can sort if they follow the instructions, then they are sending couriers or taxis to collect their debit card and getting them to part with their pin number to! Vile individuals! totallyfootball
  • Score: 2

12:36pm Fri 28 Mar 14

romantic says...

totallyfootball wrote:
cynicalsubber wrote:
Agreed, We need to know how this scam works.
I know how it works it was on the national news a few days ago but this half baked paper needs to get a grip! For those that don't know, they are targeting old and vulnerable people, phoning them and pretending to be from their bank telling them there is a problem with their account that they can sort if they follow the instructions, then they are sending couriers or taxis to collect their debit card and getting them to part with their pin number to! Vile individuals!
Further to this, what they normally do is say to people that they can phone the bank to check, BUT they keep the phone line open and pretend to be the bank. It is reassuring that 20 of the 21 known targets put the phone down, because it means this nasty little scam is becoming known, but please explain to any elderly or vulnerable person you know that the bank will NEVER do this, and will NEVER ask for your PIN.

Recently, I believe a couple of the scammers have been caught because the courier or taxi driver became suspicious. Maybe somebody reading this was the pick-up person. The scammers won't go out themselves, much too risky. The driver will get a call to pick up a package, but they are the people who can perhaps step back and wonder why they would be hired to collect from somebody elderly and a bit confused or nervous. And then hopefully contact the police.

But the main thing is to make sure elderly parents etc are aware of this sort of scam.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cynicalsubber[/bold] wrote: Agreed, We need to know how this scam works.[/p][/quote]I know how it works it was on the national news a few days ago but this half baked paper needs to get a grip! For those that don't know, they are targeting old and vulnerable people, phoning them and pretending to be from their bank telling them there is a problem with their account that they can sort if they follow the instructions, then they are sending couriers or taxis to collect their debit card and getting them to part with their pin number to! Vile individuals![/p][/quote]Further to this, what they normally do is say to people that they can phone the bank to check, BUT they keep the phone line open and pretend to be the bank. It is reassuring that 20 of the 21 known targets put the phone down, because it means this nasty little scam is becoming known, but please explain to any elderly or vulnerable person you know that the bank will NEVER do this, and will NEVER ask for your PIN. Recently, I believe a couple of the scammers have been caught because the courier or taxi driver became suspicious. Maybe somebody reading this was the pick-up person. The scammers won't go out themselves, much too risky. The driver will get a call to pick up a package, but they are the people who can perhaps step back and wonder why they would be hired to collect from somebody elderly and a bit confused or nervous. And then hopefully contact the police. But the main thing is to make sure elderly parents etc are aware of this sort of scam. romantic
  • Score: 2

10:49pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Boris says...

totallyfootball wrote:
What is the point of putting half the story when the news is important, more important than some you have deemed newsworthy today?
The point is to get you to read the printed paper. Can't blame the Gazette for that.
And remember that the Gazette only publishes a selection of stories on line. Other similarly important stories are not put on line at all.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: What is the point of putting half the story when the news is important, more important than some you have deemed newsworthy today?[/p][/quote]The point is to get you to read the printed paper. Can't blame the Gazette for that. And remember that the Gazette only publishes a selection of stories on line. Other similarly important stories are not put on line at all. Boris
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5:38am Sat 29 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

Boris wrote:
totallyfootball wrote:
What is the point of putting half the story when the news is important, more important than some you have deemed newsworthy today?
The point is to get you to read the printed paper. Can't blame the Gazette for that.
And remember that the Gazette only publishes a selection of stories on line. Other similarly important stories are not put on line at all.
Yes of course you are right Boris, but when its the old and vulnerable that are being targeted I feel my local paper should feel obligated to look after them and stop worrying about their own pockets!
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: What is the point of putting half the story when the news is important, more important than some you have deemed newsworthy today?[/p][/quote]The point is to get you to read the printed paper. Can't blame the Gazette for that. And remember that the Gazette only publishes a selection of stories on line. Other similarly important stories are not put on line at all.[/p][/quote]Yes of course you are right Boris, but when its the old and vulnerable that are being targeted I feel my local paper should feel obligated to look after them and stop worrying about their own pockets! totallyfootball
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