Four arrested in connection with telephone scam

Four arrested in connection with telephone scam

Four arrested in connection with telephone scam

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A TRIO of Worcestershire teenagers have been arrested following a series of fraud incidents in the north of the county last week.

A 19-year-old and two 15-year-olds from Redditch as well as a 16-year-old from London were arrested on Sunday, August 31 following incidents in which a cold-caller range residents pretending to be a police officer.

The caller urged the victim to hand their bank card to a courier or taxi driver and telephone their bank using the number of the back of the card. Although the victims were calling the correct number, the scammer kept the line open so they actually spoke to another member of the group posing as a bank employee.

Between Wednesday, August 27 and Sunday August 31 14 such incidents were reported in north Worcestershire, four of which involved the suspects flatulently obtaining money from the victims.

Detective Inspector with West Mercia Police Jill Fowler said: “We would like to thank members of the public and the media for helping to raise awareness of courier fraud over the past few days.

“There were seven reported offences in Redditch over the weekend and none of them were successful. It is clear that the important security messages have been getting out and people have been extra vigilant.

“We would encourage people to continue to be vigilant and report offences to the police.”

All four currently remain in police custody.

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4:31pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Argh!! says...

This must be in WN's top ten for use of the wrong word!! Made me laugh out loud.
End of para 4.

"four of which involved the suspects flatulently obtaining money from the victims."
A quick check in the thesaurus confirmed that flatulently is not a suitable alternative to fraudulently!
This must be in WN's top ten for use of the wrong word!! Made me laugh out loud. End of para 4. "four of which involved the suspects flatulently obtaining money from the victims." A quick check in the thesaurus confirmed that flatulently is not a suitable alternative to fraudulently! Argh!!
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8:03pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Geep says...

Between Wednesday, August 27 and Sunday August 31 14 such incidents were reported in north Worcestershire, four of which involved the suspects flatulently obtaining money from the victims.

For Heavens Sake! Do the staff/proof checkers at the WN/Gazette have no access to a knowledge of basic English?
Despite my mere O levels from the '70's, I find I usually have a better command of spelling & so on than most people with degrees nowadays. Dumbing down?
Between Wednesday, August 27 and Sunday August 31 14 such incidents were reported in north Worcestershire, four of which involved the suspects flatulently obtaining money from the victims. For Heavens Sake! Do the staff/proof checkers at the WN/Gazette have no access to a knowledge of basic English? Despite my mere O levels from the '70's, I find I usually have a better command of spelling & so on than most people with degrees nowadays. Dumbing down? Geep
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8:06pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Geep says...

PS In addition to my previous comment, I am sure this article will feature in R$'s News Quiz soon - some nice free publicity for the EN.
PS In addition to my previous comment, I am sure this article will feature in R$'s News Quiz soon - some nice free publicity for the EN. Geep
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