Witham: Man arrested in connection with courier fraud
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A man has been arrested in connection with a courier fraud in Witham, thanks to the quick actions of our officers. On Wednesday 24 January, we received a call from a concerned woman who reported that they had received a phone call from someone who claimed to be a police officer, conducting a financial investigation into their bank account. The husband was instructed to withdraw a large sum of money after being told their bank account had been compromised and that a courier would attend their address to collect the money. As officers arrived at the elderly couple’s address, they were informed a man had just left the location with the cash. Officers from the local response team coordinated a search of the area and located the suspect within thirty minutes, recovering the four-figure cash amount.
Detective Sergeant Shelley Tarling of the Economic Crime Unit, leading the investigation, said: I want to reassure the community that an arrest was made very quickly, thanks to the couple calling us to report their suspicions and the determination of the officers who attended to investigate this crime. This type of fraud usually targets older people who are more vulnerable, but I’d like to remind the public that police would never call and ask you to take cash out of your account or hand it to a courier for safe keeping or as part of any investigation. At present, we believe this to be an isolated case but if you know of a relative, neighbour or friend who says they have had similar calls, please contact us.
An 18-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation – he remains in custody.
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