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Police Covid-19 con alert after fraudsters steal £8k from homeowner

Ross Crawford 24th Mar, 2020

POLICE are warning everyone to remain vigilant for themselves and others after criminals tricked and stole thousands of pounds from a resident in Kenilworth, 22 miles from Redditch, using the current Covid-19 emergency as a scam.

The incident happened yesterday, Monday, March 23, when the resident was called out of the blue from a telephone number which showed ‘withheld number’.

The thieves on the phone said they were police officers and wanted to do a ‘check’ concerning fraud.

They then persuaded the householder to withdraw £8,000 from their bank account, telling the resident to inform bank staff, if they questioned the withdrawal, to say the money was to be given to a relative in self-isolation due to the coronavirus emergency.

A woman, described as 5′ 2″ of medium build with dark hair then came to collect the money.

Police say:

Watch out for scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages or phone calls that ask for your personal or financial details.

Shopping online: If making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first before completing the purchase.

If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.

For more information visit: www.actionfraud.police.uk/shoponlinesafely.

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