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Solihull Council Trading Standards have put out a press release (below) regarding a Bogus Official burglary that occurred in Solihull. Similar cases have also been reported in Warwickshire. Please take the time to talk to anyone you know that is elderly or vulnerable about these type of scams. They have a devastating impact on the victim. Do what you can to help the Police and Trading Standards raise awareness of 'Doorstep' crime and telephone scams. For more advice visit the Action Fraud website
An elderly Solihull resident has been a victim of a £57,000 Police scam involving a cash withdrawal and the purchase of TWO Rolex watches :
An elderly lady of 81 was recently telephoned by someone claiming to be a Police officer from Westminster Serious Fraud team. She was told that her bank account had been compromised. She was then asked to withdraw £7,000 from her bank account and to read out some of the serial numbers of the notes to help them with their ‘enquiries.’ This money was then ...collected from the lady’s house by an unknown person.
The lady was then instructed by the scammer to transfer £25,000 to her debit account and told to purchase a Rolex watch. This process was repeated the following day and the lady purchased a second Rolex watch for £18,000. On both occasions the watches were collected by a female. The lady was told that a Police officer would arrive the next day to take a statement from her. No-one ever came.
This sad case highlights the level of financial and mental abuse these heartless criminals can have on their vulnerable victims. If you have been the victim of a scam or suspect one has occurred and you live in Solihull please contact us via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.