An elderly couple have been conned out of thousands of pounds by a group pretending to be fake police officers.
On Friday (December 18) an elderly woman from Stafford answered a call and spoke to someone saying they worked for Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
The caller said they were investigating after someone claimed to be caring for an elderly couple at her address – but said she would need payment to follow-up the claim.
When the elderly victim questioned this, she was told to call 192 and would get through to the GMP fraud squad.
The victims visited their banks around Stafford withdrawing a large quantity of cash in £50 notes. They gave the caller the serial number to some notes as was requested.
The woman left the cash in a clear plastic bag and a black man, posing as a police officer, arrived at the house to collect it.
Officers are unsure whether he was dressed in a uniform or posing as an undercover policeman. It is not known if he arrived in a vehicle.
Detective Inspector Steve Ward, from Staffordshire Police, said: “Neither police nor bank officials will ever ask you to transfer or withdraw money from your account, purchase anything or hand over your personal details or passwords. Staffordshire police do not use this number to contact anybody as it is for calls into Staffordshire police only.”
“If you believe you are being targeted by a scammer, hang up the phone and use a different phone line to call Action Fraud or the police on 101, as scammers have a way to stay on the line and will pretend to be the police when you call back.
“If you don’t have access to a different phone line, wait for a period of time and try calling a family member or friend first to make sure the scammer is no longer on the line.”
It comes just weeks after a man was conned by a fake police officer who used a computer to clone a Staffordshire Police back-up number.
The caller on that occasion asked the man to transfer a large amount of money and collect it again then day at a local police station.
Anyone with any information relating to the Stafford incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or by calling 101 quoting incident 12 of December 19.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.