We need your information to stamp out scams that target the elderly and vulnerable in Rotherham - claim a reward of up to £25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an offender.
What sorts of scams are happening?
Fraudsters use numerous false stories to try and fool their victims out of money. This can be done through the post, on the phone or online. In some cases, victims have used, or have attempted to use, money transfer services to send money to those who are conning them.
Who's been caught out?
- Anne, an elderly lady, received a call from someone claiming to be from a computer software company in Spain regarding indecent pornographic images which had appeared on her computer. The scammer offered lifelong protection from these images if she sent him payments via a money transfer service. Sadly, Anne sent more than £835.
- James, an older gentleman, was contacted by a man in India who claimed that he owed money to a telephony provider. James was about to send £300 to the conman via his local Post Office branch before branch staff were fortunately able to stop him.
- Susan was also trying to send money to India, after having been contacted by a man claiming to work for a computer software company who promised her extra computer protection in return for £90, to be sent via a money transfer service. Unfortunately, she sent that payment - but Post Office staff were, thankfully, able to prevent her sending an additional £950 payment that the scammer had requested to ‘fully protect’ her computer.
Heard of something similar? Tell us completely anonymously.
Who else is involved in the campaign?
The campaign has the personal endorsement of Marilyn Baldwin OBE, founder of charity Think Jessica, whose mother fell victim to fraudsters in her late 70s through having her details added to a ‘suckers’ list which was circulated to fraudsters all over the world for five years.
“It’s really important to reach out to the elderly and vulnerable, and their friends and families, to educate them about scams. By doing this we can help prevent more people being targeted and encourage more people to report this crime.”
awarded the OBE for her work protecting the elderly and vulnerable from scams.
Age UK Rotherham and South Yorkshire Police are also supporting the campaign.
Any information on fraudsters using Post Office Limited? Tell us completely anonymously or call 0800 555 111.
We don’t take personal details, trace calls or track your information online. Please tell us what you know, not who you are.
(All names have been changed to protect the vulnerable victims.)