Fraudsters tricked pensioner into buying £38,000 Rolex watch
A Blackburn pensioner has been scammed into buying a £38,000 Rolex watch from a man claiming to be a police officer.
The victim, a septuagenarian from Roe Lee, was contacted on Tuesday June 28 by a fraudster posing as a police officer who told the victim that his bank card had been cloned and used in a scam in London.
The victim was then asked to call 161 to verify that the fraudster was a police officer. A woman – also a fraudster – falsely confirmed that the man the victim was talking to was a police officer.
The victim was then contacted by someone claiming to work for a bank’s fraud team as part of an undercover police investigation with the fake cop.
They convinced the victim to buy a £38,000 Rolex from a jeweler in Blackburn.
The watch was later recovered by an Asian man claiming to be an undercover police officer. He is described as being in his 20s or 30s with dark hair and was wearing a high visibility vest, blue jeans and white sneakers.
Fraudsters asked the victim to transfer £35,000 from his bank account, but he refused.
No arrests have been made at this stage, but investigations are ongoing.
DC Blair Patterson said: ‘This is an appalling crime committed against a very vulnerable victim.
“Our investigations are continuing to identify those involved in this fraud. I would ask anyone who saw a man matching the above description in the Roe Lee area of Blackburn – or captured him on CCTV, dash cam or doorbell video – around 1:10 p.m. on Thursday (30 June) to contact us as soon as possible. .
“I would like to appeal to local jewelers or pawn shop owners to get in touch if the Rolex watch pictured for sale is offered to you. I would also ask that you remain vigilant for any elderly or vulnerable people who enter in your stores and asks to buy an expensive watch.Although they may be making a genuine purchase, they can also be victims of this type of fraud.
“These scammers have no morals and will use multiple tactics to attempt to defraud victims into handing them money, their bank details or, in this case, a valuable watch. The scammers target the elderly and vulnerable , so please inform your relatives.
“It is important to stress that real police officers will never ask you for your bank details, money or help with investigations in this way. If you receive a phone call from someone saying they are from the police or bank, do not provide account details or hand over cash. If you are ever unsure of an officer’s identity, always call the police on 101.”
Anyone with information is asked to email [email protected] or call 101, quoting 0692 of July 2, 2022.
For help and advice on how you can stay safe from scammers, visit Action Fraud via https://www.fscs.org.uk/news/related/?topic=Action+Fraud&page= 1 or call 0300 123 2040.