TELEPHONE BANKING SCAM 

                                                                                     26th January 2019

Over the past 7 days, 4 elderly individuals have been targeted in the Stow on the Wold area by the same phone scam resulting in over £30,000 being transferred to scammers.

The MO has been the same throughout all the incidents. The individuals pick up the phone to a well educated male's voice who says they are from a bank/ the police/ action fraud and there is money being emptied from their accounts as they speak. They are told to go to their local bank and withdraw all their savings into a new account so that the 'investigators' can make sure their money is safe and track who is stealing the money.

In one case the 'investigator' told a female to call the number on the back of her card straight away to be put through to the bank. When she put the phone down the scammer kept the line open so that the new number she dialled went straight back through to the scammer and not the new number.

The scammers ask that the phone be left on in the pockets of the individuals so that they can listen in to what is happening in the bank. The scammers then tell them to say that the money is for home improvements or for a holiday so that the withdrawals do not seem suspicious to bank employees.
When the money has been transferred the scammer ends the call and moves on to their next target. This leaves someone without all their life savings and with no idea they have been talking to a scammer and not a real bank.
If you get a call from someone saying they are from your bank or the police and they want to talk about your bank or money of any kind then please put the phone down and either;

- Talk to a neighbour/ friend or family member for advice.
- Call the police on a different phone or ask someone else to call for you on 101.

Banks or the police will never ask you to transfer your money into any other accounts or withdraw your money as it is at risk. We will also not ask you to go into the bank to transfer or withdraw money at any time.

Due to the increasing frequency of these scams occurring in our area and across the country we would like receivers of this post to talk about it with your elderly neighbours/ family or friends so they are aware this is happening and how to prevent them from making the same mistakes.

Kind regards,

Charlie Symes
PCSO 9251
Stow Police Station

Gloucestershire police incident 178 01/05/19

Police have been informed of a person offering to clean gutters and then charging £450 for about an hours work. The vehicle details have been obtained and this person has been linked to similar incidents in Gloucestershire where the male targets elderly person while out walking and offers to clean their gutters.
Once the work has been completed a cost of £450 is given . A discount is then offered for £300 cash.

Police are advising elderly residents not to take up any person cold calling services without checking the tradesman's details and agreeing to a fixed price quotation.

Police have raised a crime of fraud for investigation as this is clearly a person taking advantage of elderly residents in the area.

Many thanks,
PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
Stow Neighbourhood Policing Team

Message Sent By
Nicholas Westmacott (Police, PC, Cire)





​Theft of Defibrillator

Between 1200 8/12/19 and 1600 11/12/19 someone removed the defibrillator from outside the front door of the Methodist church in Ashcroft Road in Cirencester.
We are appealing for any witnesses, especially those who come across such a device with the serial number GC0633.
If you have any information please phone us on 101, or alternatively email us at 101@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk, quoting incident 408 11/12/19. You can also use Crimestoppers.  

Message Sent By
Andy Wood (Police, PS, Cirencester

Gloucestershire police incident 179 23/04/19.

Police have received a report that Dovers Hill View Point Parking Meter has been targeted by thieves.
Offenders have used angle grinder or similar to try and get into the cash box. They have been unsuccessful but caused damage to the parking meter.

This has taken place between Friday 12th April and Tuesday 23rd April, 2019.

Anyone that may have witnessed anything suspicious at the view point car park is asked to call 101 and quote incident number 179 23/04/19.

Many thanks
PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
Stow Neighbourhood Policing Team

Message Sent By
Nicholas Westmacott (Police, PC, Cire)

​​Drivers Targeted With Fake Fines

Action Fraud have received an increase in reports and intelligence where elderly victims are being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers or traffic wardens. The victims are being approached whilst parked in a car park and are told by the suspect that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for "evidence".

Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee immediately. Victims who opt for paying the smaller penalty will be directed to a parking meter and asked to enter their card and PIN. These parking meters have been tampered with by the suspect in order to retain the card.

Once the victim inserts their card and are asked for their PIN, the victims are shoulder surfed for their PIN by the suspect. Once victims input their PIN, the card is retained by the machine and victims are told by the suspect to seek help from the company who operates the parking meter or their bank.


If you are suspicious about the authenticity of the fine, do not pay it until you have verified it with your local council

Always shield your PIN from view when using an ATM machine and never share your PIN with anyone.

If your bank card is retained by an ATM machine, contact your bank immediately to inform them.

Action Fraud
PC Shane Jupp
Cotswolds Neighbourhood Policing Team

Message Sent By
Shane Jupp (Police, Local Policing Constable , Cotswolds)

Page last updated & Checked  12/12/2019.