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Police issue fresh warning over phone fraud which saw Bideford couple lose £30,000

By NDJFran  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

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POLICE have issued a fresh warning about phone fraud which saw a Bideford couple duped out of more than £30,000 in March.

Householders are being urged to be on their guard after more incidents have been reported of people posing as police to gain money.

Reports of the scam have been recorded in the South Hams with another four incidents recorded in Paignton yesterday.

There was also an incident last week in which an elderly man from Paignton was duped out of £12,000 by someone posing to be a police officer from the Metropolitan Police.

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The first incident like this was reporter in North Devon in March when a Bideford couple lost £30,000 by people posing as police.

Again, someone rang the retired couple claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police saying they had arrested someone in possession of the woman’s bank card.

The person told the woman to ring her bank, but when she made the call the con man kept the line open, pretended to be the bank and confirmed large-scale fraudulent activity on her account.

He claimed her account was being used fraudulently by bank staff and she should withdraw the cash and send it to him as evidence.

The couple realised something was wrong when the bogus officers failed to turn up to an agreed appointment at their home.

DS Andy Penhaligon said: “Given the way that these offences have moved from North Devon into the Torbay area, we are concerned that they may progress throughout the force area.

“We appeal to members of the public, banks and taxi drivers to be on their guard and report any suspicious activity of this nature to the police immediately.”

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