Elderly woman has cash stolen in phone scam

Police news.
Police news.

An elderly Skegness woman was defrauded of cash in a telephone scam in the latest in a series of hoax calls targetting vulnerable people.

The incident was reported today, but took place yesterday (Monday, February 16) around 5pm where a man called the victim and persuaded her to move some money from a Lloyds bank account into a Nationwide account. The man making the phone call said that he was calling from the Metropolitan Police.

In a second case, reported to have happened today (Tuesday), a 69-year-old woman was contacted by telephone call by a man purporting to be from the Metropolitan Police. It is not yet known whether any money was taken.

Two other incidents were reported in the town on Monday, where a hoax caller claiming to be a Detective Chief Inspector from Hammersmith said a man being held in custody had admitted to ripping off the person and asked for her bank details.

In the other case a man claiming to be a police officer told a story about a bank card being scammed for £1500 asked for bank details and the victim to call him back on 999.

PCSO David Bunker said: “Lincolnshire Police would like to make it absolutely clear that a legitimate police officer will never contact you in this way, nor will they ever ask you to move any money around or pay it into any kind of bank account. In addition, you will never be asked by a genuine caller from the police or an organisation such as a bank or building society to give out sensitive bank account information over the phone. If you receive a phone call like this, or know anyone who has, please do not engage with the caller and report it to police as soon as possible with as much detail as you can.”

Anyone with information about the two most recent hoax calls should call 101 quoting incidents 101 and 155 of 17 February or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.