Three men arrested over alleged phone call fraud

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Three men have been arrested in connection with an alleged national fraud that involved victims from South Yorkshire.

The men, who are 19, 21, and 23 and from London, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and have been bailed while enquiries continue.

It follows around 15 reported incidents of so-called courier fraud in Sheffield and Barnsley in February.

Victims reportedly received telephone calls from men purporting to be police officers investigating theft and fraud from their bank account.

The victims were allegedly told to contact their bank but, unbeknown to them, the person stayed on the line so when they called their ‘bank’, they were still speaking to the man.

They were then reportedly asked to withdraw money from their account so that a detective could come and collect it.

Detectives from Operation Rotate at the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Crime Unit continue to investigate incidents of so-called courier fraud that have been reported nationally.

They are working alongside colleagues from neighbouring forces and across the country as the investigation progresses.