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Crime prevention advice issued following fraud series in Bracknell and Wokingham

Alert message sent 18/06/2019 08:34:00

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Thames Valley Police is issuing crime prevention advice following six frauds in the Bracknell and Wokingham area. The incidents, which are believed to be linked, all took place between Monday 10 and Wednesday 12 June and targeted elderly victims.

The frauds were committed by a person claiming to be a police officer from Hammersmith Police. The offender contacted the victims by telephone and asked them to withdraw cash from their bank account as part of a bogus police investigation.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Terry Dixon from Loddon Valley CID, said: “Residents can reduce the risk of becoming a victim by following our crime prevention advice.
  • The police will never ask you to withdraw cash from your bank account, or arrange for a courier to collect valuables from you.
  • If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a police officer and asking you to withdraw cash or send valuable items in this way, you should hang up immediately and contact Thames Valley Police on 101. Do not call any other number as you could be speaking to another fraudster.
  • When making this call it is important to use a different phone to the one that you have been contacted on. If no other phone is available, you should wait at least five minutes to ensure the phone line has cleared before making the phone call.
  • To verify the identity of any police officer, you should ask for their name and shoulder number and then call 101 to speak with the relevant police force. Always make this call from a different telephone, or wait at least five minutes for the line to clear.
  • More advice about how to protect yourself against fraud is available on the Thames Valley Police website at: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/personal-fraud/

“I would encourage anyone with elderly or vulnerable family, friends or neighbours to make them aware of this type of fraud. Please share our crime prevention advice to help prevent them from becoming a victim.

“If you have any information in relation to these incidents, please report the details on the Thames Valley Police website quoting reference 43190162366. Alternatively, you can call the non-emergency telephone number, 101, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
 

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