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Officers make arrest and prevent family from suffering further fraud losses

News   •   Jan 31, 2019 15:01 GMT

A couple from South Nutfield who were duped into handing over £1,500 as a result of a telephone fraud scam were prevented from suffering any further losses after officers intercepted a fraudster who turned up to collect more money from them last week.
Officers were at the address in South Nutfield on 23 January after the couple reported that they had handed over £1,500 to a conman pretending to be a police officer. Whilst officers were speaking to the couple, a man claiming to be from New Scotland Yard called asking for more money and said he would send a courier round to collect it.
When the courier turned up, he was met by police and subsequently arrested.
The 17-year-old male who was arrested has been released under investigation and enquiries remain ongoing.
This type of crime has been a regular occurrence in the area and officers are working to prevent fraud.
The local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be at Morrison’s in Oxted on Thursday 31st January from 10am – 2pm to offer scam prevention advice.
They will also be at Church Walk, Caterham on Thursday 7th February from 10am – 2pm. Please pop down and speak to us.
We also want to issue the following advice:
• The bank or the police will not ask you to withdraw money from your account
• The bank or the police will not ask you to hand money to a courier or any one purporting to be a courier
• If you receive a call from someone purporting to be from the bank or the police and you want to be sure they are who they say they are. Use a different phone if you can to call a recognised number for your bank and 101 for the police. If you don’t have another phone hang up and check that you have a clear dealing tone (a tactic of these offenders is to stay on the phone, that means that even if you hang up a land line phone the line could still be linked to the caller.
• Never give your PIN number (The police will never require this)
• Never agree to handing your card to a courier
• These criminals will make you believe there has been an emergency or put you in some kind of fear (usually financial loss) if you recognise the danger signs you are better prepared to defending yourself from these criminals.
If you have received a call of a similar nature or any information that may help our investigations, please dial 101.