Fraud alert - JULY 18

Alert message sent 10/07/2018 08:23:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Good Morning,
i have just received some relevant information from ACTION FRAUD in relation to a Scam that is occurring in the Cheshire Area .



The Scam:

  • Offenders cold call posing a Police Officer, usually a detective from a Police Station in London. Several characters may be involved to convince the victim they are genuine.
  • They convince the victim that there is a corrupt official/ counterfeit currency at their bank and ask them to assist with a “sting” operation.
  • They provide a cover story and an amount of cash to be withdrawn.
  • They send a taxi to take the victim to the bank and back.
  • They stay on the phone and tell the victim how to answer questions from the bank.
  • They tell the victim how to package the money.
  • They then attend the victim’s home address, or send a courier, to recover the cash. In some cases victims have been asked to travel elsewhere in the country to hand over cash.
    Protect Yourself:
  • The Police will never ask people to withdraw money from their bank account.
  • The police will never ask members of the public to assist them with operations.
  • Hang up and wait five minutes before calling the police/ bank on a trusted number. Fraudsters may stay on the line after you hang up. A different line should be used if possible.
  • Report the matter immediately to the police on 101, or 999 is you think you have met the Fraudster.
Could you please pass this information to friends and family that are not on Cheshire Alert .

kind regards
PC Ian Hampson
Norton South Beat Manager .
Runcorn Police .
Message sent by
Ian Hampson (Police, Beat manager, Runcorn LPU Beat Management)

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