Beware of Scams

Alert message sent 11/07/2021 11:07:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary


A local resident was recently scammed out of £600 at Waitrose Car Park.

On Wednesday, June 23, a 76-year-old man was walking back to his car when he was approached by a man asking for help.

According to his daughter, the man began telling her father an elaborate story that involved the man needing money to fill his rented car with petrol to get back to Heathrow Airport as he was unable to withdraw cash from the bank.

The elderly gentleman gave the man the money he had on him which his daughter estimated was £100.

The man asked for more money from him, offering to exchange a box of watches and perfumes for cash.

He withdrew £250 from two different cards handing it over to the man, thinking it was a good deal.

Following a conversation between the pair the victim was persuaded to purchase 30 watches.

The man then followed the victim back to his home and then onto the Post Office where he withdrew £500 which he passed to the suspect.

The Police have received reports in the past of a male using a similar story and offering watches/leather jackets in exchange for money.

"JUST REMEMBER: IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS!

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 1021368 or visit www.cheshire.pnn.police.uk/tua


There are various organisations that can offer support & advice:

The Silver Line - The Silver Line operates the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They also offer telephone and letter friendship schemes where volunteers are matched with older people based on their interests; and help to connect people with local services in their area.

To contact the Silver Line call 0800 4708090 or visit www.thesilverline.org.uk

Think Jessica - Think Jessica is a charity set up to protect elderly & vulnerable people from scams which come through the postal system and criminals who contact them by telephone. They offer advice and support to victims of mass marketing fraud as well as assistance to friends and relatives of those that have been scammed.

Visit www.thinkjessica.com

If you are unlucky enough to be a victim of fraud, please report your experiences to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or follow online advice at www.actionfraud.org.uk

PCSO 20651
"Spike" Elliott
Sandbach Police Station
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Spike Elliott (Cheshire Police, Crewe LPU, Sandbach Town PCSO)

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