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FRAUD ALERT: elderly Harrogate woman conned out of £9,200 in courier fraud - 11 April 2018

Police in Harrogate are investigating after a woman in her 70s in Harrogate was conned out of £9,000 in a cruel courier fraud. The victim was phoned at approximately 2pm on 10 April 2018 by a man who claimed to be a Police Sergeant from Humberside Police. He told the victim that he was part of an undercover operation and that they have arrested two men who they believe have withdrawn £16,000 in cash from her bank account before replacing it with counterfeit money. They also told her that they believed someone in the victim’s bank may be involved and they required the victim’s help to rectify the situation. The caller stated that he required the victim to attend the bank and withdraw £9,200 in cash in the hope that there would be some of the counterfeit money in the cash bundle. He persuaded her to withdraw the cash from her bank under the guise that she was using it to buy a car. The victim reluctantly agreed, withdrew the money and returned home. The victim was then told that a male Police Officer would attend her home address and to collect the money using the password ‘MOORE’. A man attended, provided the password and the victim handed over the money. The caller reassured the victim and said that he would attend her home address to update her. When he didn’t show up, she contacted North Yorkshire Police to enquire where he was when it became apparent that she has become a victim of fraud. Investigations are ongoing and the victim is being supported by officers. Detective Inspector Jon Hodgeon, Head of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Fraud and Economic Crime Unit said: “These heartless fraudsters typically prey on the elderly and pretend to be police officers to gain their victims’ trust. “Please remember that the police or your bank will never ask you to withdraw or transfer money from your bank account to aid an investigation. “Please be extra cautious if you receive a call of this nature and never give out or confirm personal or financial information to anyone over the phone. “If you have any suspicions at all do not engage in conversation and please hang up the phone. They will try to cause panic and fear to get you to collect money for them. “If you believe you have been a victim of this type of crime, call us on 101 or report it to Action Fraud by visiting actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. In an emergency dial 999. “If you have any information regarding those responsible for such crimes, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.” More advice on how to protect yourself and your family from fraudsters can be found by visiting northyorkshire.police.uk/fraud or following the Take Five North Yorkshire hashtag (#TFNY) on Facebook and Twitter.

FRAUD ALERT: Doctor scam - 10 April 2018

North Yorkshire Police would like to make people aware of the following phone scam reported today: A member of the public, from the Northallerton area, has received a call on his mobile from his wife's mobile number, on answering the call a male with a foreign sounding accent has introduced himself as a Doctor from the Friarage Hospital stating that his wife had been in a car accident and required emergency surgery. However the procedure she required was not covered under NHS budgets and requested bank details to release the required funds of £300. The reportee has replied by stating he would make his way to the hospital immediately and so the caller has hung up. He has then called his wife's number back, who answered fit and well. The incident has been referred to Action Fraud and NYPs Economic Crime Unit for further investigation, as the perpetrators appear to be using sophisticated methods to link two mobile numbers together, in order to achieve the necessary impact, to fulfil their scam. This incident has been distressing for the parties involved, but luckily no bank details were given out. Please make friends and relatives aware of this incident, especially the more vulnerable. If you do receive such a call, please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Stolen Lambs - 10 April 2018

Between 0400hrs and 1500hrs 10/4/18 7 lambs have been stolen from a field in the Starbeck area of Harrogate, these lambs are only a matter of days old and should not be separated from their mothers. A full investigation into the incident has been launched and enquires are being carried out. Anyone with information can call North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting reference 12180060716 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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