Teenager arrested after elderly Southam woman was conned out of £10,500 by a fraudster claiming to be from the police

Officers have also arrested another teenager in connection with another incident in Rugby, when a woman in her 50s lost £20,000

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 10:01 am

A teenager has been arrested after a Southam woman in her 70s was conned out of £10,500 by a fraudster claiming to be from the police.

Officers have also arrested another teenager in connection with another incident in Rugby, when a woman in her 50s lost £20,000.

Both suspects are aged 19, both from London and they were arrested on Thursday (April 1) and later released under investigation while enquiries continue.

A teenager has been arrested after a Southam woman in her 70s was conned out of £10,500 by a fraudster claiming to be from the police.

Detective Constable Stuart Clasper from Warwickshire Police’s Economic Crime unit said: “We continue to investigate these despicable crimes where criminals often prey on the elderly and vulnerable.

“I would like to take the opportunity to remind people they will never, under any circumstances, be contacted by the police or their bank asking them to transfer or withdraw money. If you receive such a call it is a fraud and you should report it to Action Fraud or if a crime is in progress call 999.”

Reports can be made to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime Anyone with information that could help detectives with their investigations into telephone fraud should call 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.