South Yorkshire Police issues warning after bogus cop cons £8,000 out of victims
A warning has been issued by South Yorkshire Police after a bogus cop conned two elderly victims out of £8,000.
South Yorkshire Police said a 62-year-old woman and 82-year-old man received phone calls on June 3 from a number of individuals claiming to be police officers from police forces across the country.
The victims were asked to withdraw money to help ‘the police’ check if the notes were counterfeit.
A fraudster, posing as a courier, then visited their home in the Todwick area and coerced them into handing over more than £8,000.
The victims later realised they had been the victim of a scam and reported the matter on June 8.
South Yorkshire Police said: “Officers would like to remind members of the public that the police will never ask you for your PIN number, to transfer money or send anyone to collect your bank card from your address.
“If you are concerned that you or a loved one has been the victim of this kind of scam, please report it to us on 101, on our website, or you can also report it to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.”
A CCTV image has been released of a man police want to trace over the scam.
They believe he could hold vital information and want anyone who recognises him to get in touch.
Anyone with information about the incident should call 101 and quote incident number 361 of June 8.
Crimestoppers can also be contacted, anonymously, on 0800 555111.