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Elderly Woking man tricked out of £5,000 by fake police officer

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Elderly Woking man tricked out of £5,000 by fake police officer

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 3:57pm 12th June 2020.

An elderly man from Woking has been tricked out of over £5,000 of his life savings by a man pretending to be a police officer.

The suspect contacted the victim yesterday (11 June) claiming to be from Hammersmith Police and asking if he would help him with an investigation he was running to catch someone working in Barclays Bank.

The victim was given a reference number and asked to withdraw £5,200 from the bank so they could check the cash for fingerprints. 

A man visited the victim's home, gave him the reference number and took the money but he was not in uniform and did not provide any ID.

He has been described as

  • Possibly Asian male
  • Light coloured skin tone
  • Dark hair
  • Casually dressed
  • 5’8” tall
  • Muscular build.
  • In his late 20’s, early 30’s
  • Spoke with a London accent.

Woking Inspector David Bentley said the victim thought the suspect was a police officer because he knew his name, phone number and address and sounded professional:

“However, police officers will always provide I.D. and would never ask for money. If a bank was being investigated then we would speak directly to them.

“Fraud such as this is a serious offence and we are urging the public to get in touch should they have any further information so we can stop this happening to someone else.”

If you have any information call 101, quoting reference number PR/45200060213. 

Action Fraud advises you that the police will never:

  • Contact you to ask you for your pin and bank details. 
  • Ask you to withdraw money to them to hand over for safekeeping. 
  • Ask you to transfer money out of your account for fraud reasons 
  • Send someone to your home to collect cash, cards or pins.