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Essex: Man in court over widespread bank fraud
3:30pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A man has been charged in connection with a series of frauds in which elderly and vulnerable people have been tricked into giving their bank account details.
The arrest follows an investigation into incidents in which more than 300 people in Essex received telephone calls from people claiming to be police officers or bank officials.
Umar Khan 20, of St Pancras Way, Camden, has been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and was detained in custody to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court today.
Enquiries are continuing and police continue to advise residents to be on their guard against phone fraudsters
REMEMBER…..police or your bank would NEVER phone you to ask about your bank details or for any sensitive information including PIN numbers
REMEMBER….your bank would NEVER ask you over the telephone to move money from one account to another. They would NEVER ask you to take out large sums of cash as part of any fraud investigation.
IF IN DOUBT..…HANG UP and phone the police, but DO NOT use the phone that they have called you on. Part of the scam is that the fraudsters will ask you to call them back to confirm that they are legitimate, but they will stay on the line and will respond when you think you are making a new call.
Try to use a mobile telephone, go to a neighbour’s house, call a relative, contact a carer and call Essex Police on 101 or dial 999 in urgent cases.
If you cannot use another phone to call police wait for at least 10 minutes before using the phone you have been called on and ENSURE that you get a dialling tone.
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