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Officers investigating a courier fraud scam which saw two sisters defrauded out of £9,000 have arrested a man in connection with the incident.
The incident happened in Stoneleigh on 6 October, when the women, aged in their 70s and 80s, were contacted by someone claiming to be a Detective Sergeant from the West Midlands Police Fraud Team. The caller asked both victims to attend their banks and withdraw cash to assist with an investigation into counterfeit notes being used in the bank.
Both women attended their respective banks and withdrew a collective sum of £9000 which they gave to the courier who came to collect the cash.
Following the arrest of a man on 9 October, and enquiries conducted since this time, officers yesterday (28 October) arrested an 18 year-old man at an address in East London on suspicion of fraud by false representation. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Detective Sergeant Paul Hainsworth from Warwickshire Police said: “This was a very upsetting incident for the victims who lost a significant amount of money at the hands of fraudsters pretending to be from the police, who continue to prey on individuals, particularly the elderly and the vulnerable.
“The fraudsters’ stories are often believable and they will put a lot of pressure on victims to convince them to withdraw or transfer money, often for fraud reasons.
“These are despicable crimes which can have devastating impacts on victims, and I hope yesterday’s arrest shows that we are determined to catch those responsible and will do everything in our power to bring them to justice.”
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