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Beckenham man's life savings returned after fraudster thwarted

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 May 2014

A quick thinking PC reunited a man with his life savings.

A quick thinking PC reunited a man with his life savings.

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A man had his life savings returned to him after a quick thinking policeman thwarted a courier fraudster,

A 68-year-old man reported the fraud at around 3pm on May 15 at Beckenham Police Station.

The distressed victim said that he had withdrawn £4,000 from his bank account and handed it to a courier after receiving a phone call from a “police officer” who told him a fraud was being investigated and he needed to withdraw the money, package it and give it to a courier who would “take it to Scotland Yard”.

A minicab arrived and the victim handed the package to the driver.

PC Steve Allen quickly traced the mini cab company and went to their offices.

The dispatcher managed to contact the driver and he turned around moments before he reached the Holborn destination where he had been told to drop the package off.

The grateful victim has been reunited with his money.

Sgt Gareth Starr, head of the local Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “PC Steve Allen provided excellent service to this vulnerable victim of courier fraud, and it is great news that he foiled the fraudster.

“These unscrupulous people target the most vulnerable members of our communities and prey on their trusting nature. Please be aware that police officers will never ask anyone for their bank card or their PIN number, or ask them to withdraw money from their bank accounts.”

There have been no arrests yet and enquiries are ongoing.

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