From Neighborhood Watch: On Friday 27th January Cumbria Police received a report from an elderly woman reporting she had received a call from a male who said he was from the UK finance ministry and called himself Tom BROWN. He asked the resident to purchase a £99 UCASH voucher from any pay point. They would ring the resident back and once the funds had been cleared, a male called Peter WEBB would attend her property at 15:00 hrs and hand over £3400. While an officer was in the property the resident received 2 further calls and again the male was reporting to be from the UK ministry of finance. The officer then spoke to the male who gave them the following number to call him back 02032390449. When the officer identified himself the male terminated the call. The officer remained in the property and at 15:00 hrs no one turned up.
There have also been reports from elderly residents who have recently received unsolicited bogus telephone calls requesting that they purchase a new ‘energy saving device’ at a discounted price. These bogus callers claim that this device will significantly reduce their electricity bills.
Cumbria Police would like to remind residents to be wary of ALL TELEPHONE CALLS OF THIS NATURE. You should never give any of your personal/bank details to these unsolicited callers and please report suspicious incidents to Cumbria Police on 101 or Trading standards on 01900 706072.
We also ask that members of the community keep an eye out for elderly family members and neighbours who might fall victim to this type of scam.