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Advice and an appeal for information after fraud - Wantage

Alert message sent 24/03/2017 14:30:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

On Wednesday (22/3) an incident occurred at The Kestrels, Grove, Wantage.
The victim, an elderly man, was approached by two other men who claimed to be police officers.
They asked the victim for his phone number and then instructed him to return home and await a phone call. A witness later saw the same men leave the scene in a large silver car.
The victim was subsequently called by someone claiming to be an officer from the Metropolitan Police.  The caller warned him that a fraud was taking place on his account and that he needed to attend his bank and move £25,000 into a different account number that the caller provided. The victim attended his bank in Didcot where thankfully the fraud was prevented by bank staff who identified that there was a crime taking place.
Thames Valley Police are reminding members of the public that the police will never contact you in person or by telephone to ask you to withdraw money from your bank account, or to transfer funds into other bank accounts.
Please share this message with elderly family and neighbours to help them avoid becoming victims of crime and visit the advice section on our new website for further information.
The two men who pretended to be police officers were believed to be using a silver car, possibly a Vauxhall Vectra.  A witness described the two men as being of Asian appearance 
If you have seen any suspicious looking people or vehicles or have any information relating to this message please call the police via the 24 hour non-emergency telephone number 101, quoting reference number 43170083082. 
Alternatively, if you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online by visiting No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
Message sent by
Helen Thorne (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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