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87-year-old from Godalming targeted in attempted courier fraud scam

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87-year-old from Godalming targeted in attempted courier fraud scam

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 10:16am 26th June 2020.

Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation into an attempted courier fraud incident in Godalming.

On 18 June an 87-year-old man was contacted by a cold caller on the phone claiming to be a police officer from Luton who was undertaking a fraud investigation.

The victim was told that a family member had swapped ‘legitimate’ cash from his bank account with counterfeit bank notes.

He was told to withdraw the cash and confirm over the phone the serial numbers before a courier would collect the money.

A neighbour intervened and called Surrey Police to report the incident before any money was handed over.

Subsequent enquiries have led to two 19-ear-old men from London being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and fraud by false representation.

They have both been bailed until 8 July, pending further enquiries.

Detective Constable Carina Jewell  said:

”I’m pleased that the victim did not lose any money in this case and that we have strong lines of enquiry to follow to progress our investigation. 

“I’m especially keen to hear from anyone who may have received similar phone calls last week, and who may not have reported them to us yet”.

Anyone with such information is asked to call 101, quoting PR/ 45200062728.