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Tuesday 09 January 2018, 2:25 PM

Police in Gloucestershire are continuing to investigate a number of fraud cases where offenders are pretending to be police officers to con vulnerable people out of their savings.

Officers have released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to in relation to an incident in the Longford area of Gloucester this week in which an 86-year-old woman handed over £5,000 to a courier after being told that her bank account had been compromised.

The woman received a call from a man claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police Service. He told her that she had been a victim of fraud and that she should withdraw £5,000 in cash and put it in an envelope which would be collected.

The woman followed the instructions but, after handing over the money, realised that she had been conned and contacted police.

The incident is one of a number reported to Gloucestershire Constabulary since December, and follows the same pattern as others being investigated by forces across the country.

Typically the caller pretends to be a police officer from London and tells the victim that their bank account has been compromised. 

Sometimes they say that a bank employee is the culprit therefore secrecy is needed when withdrawing cash.  

Gloucestershire Constabulary and Action Fraud offer the same advice to potential victims, that the police and banks would never ask for personal banking details over the phone, give instructions to withdraw cash or send anyone to collect money.

If you do get such a call hang up and call police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, using another phone as the fraudster may still have the line open.

Anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit image, or has any information about the incidents, is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 quoting incident 212 of 7/1.

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