Appeal after fraud committed in Roade
December 6, 2017
Police are appealing for witnesses following a fraud that took place in Roade.
An elderly woman received a call from a person claiming to be a police officer who needed help with an investigation into a bank. The person on the call asked the victim to withdraw money from the bank and then tell them the serial numbers.
The victim was told the cashier was passing counterfeit notes to customers and they would need the withdrawn money as evidence.
A courier then attended the woman’s address in Churchcroft, Roade, between 6pm and 7pm on Wednesday, November 29.
The courier was white, about 20, with tanned skin, about 5ft 3in and of toned build. He had short, cropped thick black hair. He was wearing a white shirt with dark coloured tie and dark coloured, smart trousers.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a man matching the description of this man in Roade on Wednesday, November 29. Witnesses or anyone with information about this incident can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Offering some crime prevention advice in relation to this new type of scam, a police spokesperson said: “Police officers will never contact members of the public and ask them to be part of an undercover investigation or for you to withdraw cash and hand it in for safe-keeping/evidence gathering.”
Key advice for this type of crime:
• Never share any bank details with anyone, no matter who claims to be contacting you by phone, email or text
• Northamptonshire Police can be contacted on 101 and will be able to verify if a caller is a genuine police officer of member of staff
• As fraudsters can keep telephone lines open for a while, the best advice is to use a separate line to make any subsequent phone calls. If you are using the same phone, wait at least five minutes after replacing the handset and call someone you know first to make sure the line is free
• If you are approached, or feel something is suspicious, hang up the phone and don’t reply. Then report it to Action Fraud and your bank on their advertised number – never call a number given to you by the person who made the phone call