Police are appealing for information and reminding the public to be on their guard against thieves posing as police officers and bank employees targeting elderly residents in the Cotswolds.
The incidents have happened to residents in Siddington between December 17 and December 19. The victims received a telephone call from men claiming to be detectives from the Metropolitan Police explaining that the victim’s credit cards had been used fraudulently.
In one, the offender then told the victim to call a telephone number and provide his PIN. In another one which happened at the home of an elderly woman on Pound Close, Siddington at around 9pm on December 18, the victim received a call from a man claiming to be a Metropolitan Police officer from Paddington police station. He claimed that the victim’s cards had been fraudulently used and that a courier would be visiting her home to pick them up. A man then came to the house of the victim, took her cards and attempted to use them at a number of ATMs in Cirencester, removing over £1,000 from her account.
Senior Harm Reduction Advisor Dave McFarlane said “If you are approached in any way by criminals claiming to be a police officer or employee from your bank telling you that they will send someone round to collect your cards from your home, remember that under no circumstances would the banks collect your cards in that way.
“If you are a victim of this type of crime then it’s worthwhile remembering a few pieces of advice – If you are visited by someone you know or trust, do not open the door, always check the credentials by calling the organisation, that includes the police. If in doubt, keep them out!”
Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 6 of December 19. For more crime prevention advice, please log onto gloucestershire.police.uk