Posing as policemen, callous fraudsters conned an elderly Stockport couple out of a ‘large amount of money’ in an elaborate debit card scam.
Around noon on Friday May 31, the couple received a phone call at their Cheadle Hulme home from a man who claimed he was a detective in the Metropolitan Police, saying their bank card had been used in fraudulent transactions.
The ‘detective’ then told the couple he would transfer them through to their bank, at which point another man’s voice came on the phone – claiming to be from the bank.
Unfortunately falling for the plot, the couple typed their PIN numbers into the telephone keypad when asked to do so.
Half an hour later, a taxi was sent to their house and the driver, completely unaware of the scam, collected the bank cards and drove off.
The same day the victims realised a large amount of money had been stolen and called police the morning of the next day.
Police Sergeant Adam Shuttleworth said this is not even the first time a scam of this type has been committed in the area.
“We believe there was a similar attempt to defraud an elderly woman in the Ashton-under-Lyne area back in April,” he said.
“Fortunately, the taxi driver who had been called grew suspicious and contacted police.
“We want to make the public aware of this scam and ask people to let their friends, relatives and neighbours know.
“Police would never send a taxi to your home address to collect personal documents including credit cards or ask for your PIN numbers.”
Police are warning anyone who believes their credit card has been cloned or stolen to call their bank straight away.