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 Officer recovers fraud victim’s money

 12/07/2019

​We always like to share a story with a happy ending…

On Wednesday, a lady in Evenwood received a call on her landline from a man claiming to be a police officer from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

He told the woman that there was an arrest warrant out for her regarding her outstanding tax, and that if she did not send cash to an address in London, then police would be round to arrest her.

She followed his instructions and sent more than £2,000 of her holiday savings to the address given by the caller, but then began to wonder if she had been scammed and called the police.

PC Lorraine Nelson, from Bishop Auckland response team, attended and spoke to the woman, who was, understandably, really distressed. 

After a few hours, PC Nelson traced the package to a distribution centre in Gateshead and intercepted it to recover the money.

On hearing the good news, the woman thanked PC Nelson, telling her she was extremely relieved and that she would be able to sleep that night.

PC Nelson said: “I ended up doing a 14 hour shift, but it was worth every minute knowing we’d prevented the scammers from getting the lady’s holiday savings.”

We want to take this opportunity to remind people that genuine police officers or HMRC would never contact you requesting cash in this way. 

Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.

Never assume that a phone call is authentic, and if you’re unsure, always hang up straightaway.

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk 

If you or someone else is in immediate danger or risk of harm, call 999.