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Staffordshire police warning on scams targeting elderly people

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 29, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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STAFFORDSHIRE police are warning vulnerable elderly people and their neighbours, friends and family to be on guard against scams and distraction tactics after a spate of incidents around the county.

Over the past week police have had a number of reports around the county of different scams being used to obtain money from unsuspecting elderly residents.

Recent incidents include phone calls where the caller claimed to be working for a credit company fraud investigation team. and another where they claimed that the victim’s card details had been used in a scam at a bingo hall.

On both occasions couriers were sent to the victim’s homes and their cards were taken, resulting in large sums of cash being withdrawn from their accounts.

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In another incident an elderly couple were targeted twice in one week by men offering garden maintenance work.

On the first occasion money was handed over but on the second money was stolen from the couple’s home while the men distracted the occupants. Large sums of money were taken from them and no work was completed.

Police advice is that if someone contacts you out of the blue never give them personal or card details. Likewise, if someone knocks at the door offering services such as garden or home maintenance, do not agree to their business and do not let them into your home.

Fraudsters will use a variety of ruses to obtain card details, and cards themselves.

Police warn that the suspects will move from area to area to commit further crimes.

"If someone comes to your home, don't let them in and ring police immediately on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress," a spokeswoman said.

"Each of the above incidents is being investigated but we urge you to share this and remind elderly neighbours and family so they can avoid becoming a victim"

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