Islington fraud victim sends out warning to others
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A woman who fell victim to a convincing fraud on Saturday night has warned others not to make the same mistake.
The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, for fear of reprisals, was tricked when a man phoned up pretending to be a police officer.
He called saying he had arrested a man for using her credit card fraudulently at the Apple Store in Regent’s Street.
The crook said he needed some details and the 56-year-old victim ended up giving him her pin number – he then sent a taxi round to pick up her card but she refused to give it up.
She said: “It was really plausible, and they, made it sound like if I didn’t cooperate they would release the man they had arrested.
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“I was nearly taken in, so an elderly person could definitely be fooled.”
A police spokesman said: “Members of the public are warned to be vigilant if they receive a phone call purporting to be from the police or bank.
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“A genuine police officer will not ask you for your PIN number or card details over the phone. Police will never send a taxi to pick up a card, neither will a bank.”