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NW Elderly Residents Defrauded by similar Scams

Alert message sent 25/05/2022 21:01:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch


This is a message from Brian Hill Chair of Princes Risborough & District NW Association

DO NOT BECOME A VICTIM
A telephone call was received purporting to be from a police officer at Paddington Police Station who said they were investigating money laundering.
 
It was suggested that Lucy ( followed by the victim’s surname ) had used a card to purchase Rolex watches, the sale proceeds of which had been credited to the victim’s account.
 
The victim was then instructed to withdraw cash from different banks in this case £4500 then a further £2000 and hand this over to a masked person later calling at her house.
 
The victim in her 90’s was confused by the mention of counterfeit money and the need for urgency.
 
 A similar call was received by a resident of Speen who was told that Lucy ( followed by the surname of the victim ) used the card to buy a Rolex watch for £14000.
 
She was asked to withdraw £7500 urgently but only obtained £3000 which was subsequently collected.
 She was then told to visit a shop in London to purchase high value Rolex watches to be collected later.
 
The shop staff refused the purchase and reported the attempt to the police.
 
 The same procedure was attempted with a resident of Wycombe Road but the scam was spotted and no funds were lost.
 
Similarities in all cases were :
 
Calls received on land line.
All said to be from a London police force investigating money laundering.
Used the name ‘Lucy’ together with surname of the victim
Asked to withdraw cash from their banks,  mainly in High Wycombe.
Victims given false invoices for home improvements to show bank staff who they were told were not to be trusted.
Cash collected from victim’s house.
Continue to ask for more money daily becoming more aggressive over the phone.
Instructed to purchase high value Rolex watches for subsequent collection from their address.
 
 DON’T FALL FOR SUCH REQUESTS AND NEVER FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS TO WITHDRAW CASH FROM YOUR BANK
REPORT ANY SUCH REQUESTS TO THAMES VALLEY POLICE.

 
Message sent by
Val McPherson BEM (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley)

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