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Arrest after man, 72, loses thousands in fake police officer phone scam

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Arrest after man, 72, loses thousands in fake police officer phone scam

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An arrest has been made following a series of telephone frauds in the Derby area, which in one case saw a 72-year-old man scammed out of several thousand pounds. Victims of this scam had received calls from someone pretending to be a police officer.

A man claiming to be a DC Matthew Phillips had telephoned people, telling them about fraudulent activity on their bank accounts and that they needed to withdraw cash and meet someone to hand the money over. Yesterday a 33-year-old man from Burton was arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and he has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire police said: “If you receive such a call, you should not give out any personal information and hang up the call immediately. The police will never contact you asking for banking information or request that you withdraw money from an account, purchase gold bullion or high-value jewellery to aid an investigation.

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“Fraudsters often target geographical areas where they know elderly or vulnerable people live, so we would ask that if you have family or friends who are vulnerable in any way that you make them aware of this scam. If you, or someone you know, receives a call of this nature please contact us as soon as possible.”

Should you receive one of these calls, police advise you to end the call, wait five minutes and ensure you can hear a dial tone…

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