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Bogus police call led to loss of large sum of money

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POLICE at Warrington are working with the victim of a scam which led to the loss of a large sum of money.
They are also warning other people in the area to be on their guard against similar scams.
The victim received a call on their home phone from someone purporting to be a detective requiring their assistance to investigate crime.
They asked the victim to recontact them dialing 161 to confirm their identity and then began to defraud them of  large sums of money from their personal banks.
The victim was told to tell the bank that they were withdrawing the money to purchase a house abroad if asked.
They were then met locally by the individual who gave a previously agreed password   to exchange the cash. Having made one transaction they were then asked to carry out two further transactions which lead to a significant financial loss.
A police spokesperson said: “Be vigilant, do not engage with persons over the phone requesting monies. Have the confidence to come forward if you have been a victim of crime.”
Incidents can be reported on 101 or via Action Fraud – and officers will not ask for bank details.

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