OFFICERS investigating a fraud by misrepresentation in Rotherham have released an e-fit image of a woman they want to identify.
An 84-year-old man from Todwick received a call from a man falsely claiming to be a police officer from the Metropolitan Police at 9.30am on Tuesday, August 13.
A spokeswoman from South Yorkshire Police said the man had told the victim he had been involved in a serious fraud incident and needed to call 999.
However, it is thought he did not hang up the call and instead stayed on the line, fooling the victim into believing he had rung 999.
"The victim was told to get a taxi to go to his bank in Rotherham," added the spokeswoman. "The suspect had told the victim that bank staff were involved in the ‘investigation’, so he should not disclose anything to them."
The victim withdrew £5,000 from his account and a young woman later went to his home to collect the money.
The following day, the victim received another phone call asking him to withdraw more money. This time, the bank staff questioned the victim and he explained what had happened.
Do you recognise the woman in this e-fit?
If you think you might know who she is, or if you have any information about the incident which may help our investigation, please call 101 quoting incident number 696 of August 14, 2019.
The case has echoes of those outlined to the Advertiser last week by anti-fraud expert Andy Foster, who related how an elderly victim he dealt with had handed over £10,000 in cash to conmen posing as Special Branch detectives, while another lost £220,000 in an investment fraud.
One woman was conned out of £85,000 by a fake doctor who seduced her using Facebook and Google Hangouts.
South Yorkshire Police is working with national agency Action Fraud to help people avoid being scammed.
To protect yourself from becoming a victim of this type of fraud, follow these simple tips:
- Don't reveal personal details. Never give out personal or financial information over the phone, even if the caller claims to be from your bank.
- Hang up. If you feel harassed or intimidated end the call. You have the right not to be pressurised into anything.
- Ring the organisation. If you're unsure whether the caller is genuine, hang up and ring the company or bank they claim to be from. Make sure you find the number yourself and don’t use the one provided by the caller or allow them to transfer you.
- Don't be rushed. Scammers will try to rush you into providing your personal details. They may say they have time-limited offer or claim your bank account is at risk if you don't give them the information they need right awa
Visit actionfraud.police.uk for more advice or to report a fraud. You can also report incident on 0300 123 2040.