Warning over bank transfer scam artists

Police have renewed their warnings over a scam in which an 87-year-old woman in Wyre lost £1,800.

Friday, 19th May 2017, 11:52 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:40 pm
Bank transfer scam

A further three other elderly residents in the same area have also been scammed into transferring money to somebody claiming to be from BT, Talk Talk or Microsoft, say police.

Officers investigating the cases have now revealed that the actual figure may be even higher as they believe many victims are too embarrassed to come forward.

A spokesman for the police said: “In each case the victim has been told their router or computer isn’t working properly and needs to be accessed remotely.

“Once the scammer has gained access to the victim’s computer they have then made attempts to access the victim’s bank details – to check their bank balance – before persuading them to transfer money across.

“The payments, all for either £1,800 or £1,900, have been made to bank accounts in Nepal, Ukraine or China, using Moneygram at the Post Office or a local travel agent. The victims in each case have been told what to say when questioned or challenged by staff.

“We would also ask staff in businesses which use Moneygram, or similar systems, to contact us if they are presented with any similar transactions to prevent further financial loss.”