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Jewellery is taken in 'sophisticated scam' in Bradford
Fraudsters posed as police officers in a “sophisticated scam” which bagged them £3,000 in cash and gold jewellery.
Scammers targeted a vulnerable woman, phoning her and saying she had won £50,000, but that she would need to make several payments via a money transfer service for her prize to be released.
The victim, who lives in Bradford, was then called by a man claiming to be a police officer.
He told her they were aware that she was being targeted by fraudsters and gave her a mobile number to ring should the man call again. The woman then received another call, asking her to go to London to pay another £5,000.
When the victim said she could not get there, the caller said he would send someone to her house to pick up the cash.
Believing that police were now involved, the woman went along with the caller’s request.
She handed over gold jewellery to a man who visited her house, saying she was unable to pay the cash.
The suspect is described as a short and slim Asian man with a stubbly beard.
He was wearing a blue t-shirt and jeans and was seen to get into a red BMW, possibly a 5- Series, with a YF prefixed number plate.
PC Toni Hinnells, who is investigating the case, said people should be on their guard.
PC Hinnells: “This is a sophisticated scam, where a man has taken advantage of a vulnerable woman and defrauded her of thousands of pounds.
“We want people to be on their guard against this type of fraud and to only use money transfer services when absolutely certain who the recipient is, like a family member for example.
“If you don't remember entering any prize draws or overseas lotteries, or are asked to pay a fee up front to release a cash prize, then it's likely that you are being targeted by fraudsters and should contact Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.
“If you're still not sure, you can contact the police for advice on (01274) 376562 between 8am and 3pm Monday to Friday, or call 101 at any time and we will get back to you.”
Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident is asked to contact PC Hinnells at Bradford South CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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