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Victims scammed out of thousands of pounds in Truro

Victims scammed out of thousands of pounds in Truro

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:00pm 24th January 2019. (Updated at 4:04pm 24th January 2019)

Elderly and vulnerable people have been scammed out of thousands of pounds in Truro.

Police have put out a warning about a telephone scam over the past week.

Victims have received phone calls from people saying they were from the Met Police, Scotland Yard or HMRC.

The offenders told them they were a victim of fraud or owed cash and then demanded money.

Victims were told they would face arrest if they didn't pay - and it has caused a huge amount of upset.

Advice from police if you receive a suspicious phone call:

  • Do not make payment to anyone cold calling you. 
  • Never give out personal banking details.
  • Replace the phone, contact a family member, a trusted friend or call the police.
  • HMRC will never ask for payment over the phone neither will any police force.

"In the past week there have been several scams via telephone in Truro whereby police have been contacted.

"The victims have mostly been elderly although in one instance a man in his twenties was the victim.

"The victim will be called from persons saying they are either from the Met Police, Scotland Yard or HMRC.

"In all cases the victims are told that either they have been a victim of fraud or that they owe a large sum for tax purposes.

"Offenders will ask for monies to either be collected by courier or will ask for direct payment.

"Payments demanded are usually in excess of £5000.

"Victims have been told that they will face arrest if payment is not made and left distraught by the consequences if payment is not made.

"This scam has caused a huge amount of upset for those that have become victims and we would like to put out a warning to anyone receiving calls from unknown persons asking for payment."

Devon and Cornwall Police

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