Police Issue Warning Following a Series of Bogus Phone-calls to the Elderly
Dec, 21 2020
The dictionary definition of the word unscrupulous reads as follows:- having or showing no moral principles; not honest or fair.
It would have to be a fairly dire situation for this word to be applied in the current climate.
Sadly, this word has been acted out by a series of people who pretended to be the police over a phone conversation.
One instance saw a woman in her 80s conned out of £12,000 targeted in Thornton Cleveleys and Fleetwood, in Lancashire.
Apparently, victims were phoned and asked to withdraw cash before handing it over to a "courier", police said.
Detective Inspector Mark Riley expressed his annoyance about the crime,
"These are unscrupulous offenders with no morals and are only interested in bringing misery during what should be a festive time, which is difficult enough during Covid restrictions. It was a devastating scam which targeted the vulnerable”.
In light of this news the Lancashire police have warned people to be extra vigilant and to be cautious when receiving unusual telephone conversations.
The local police prevented another woman in her 70s from being swindled after family became suspicious of a mysterious phone call.
Detective Inspector Riley added: "The victim was prevented from handing over her savings. But there were unfortunately three other incidents where victims have sadly handed over large sums of cash."
Four elderly people were tricked into handing over a total of more than £20,000 by "unscrupulous" fraudsters posing as police officers.
^Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger