Coventry man arrested in phone fraud probe - The Coventry Observer

15th Aug, 2022

Coventry man arrested in phone fraud probe

John Carlon 10th Aug, 2020

POLICE say a crackdown on telephone fraud has led to the arrest of a man from Coventry.

On Friday (August 7), officers from Warwickshire Police detained a 21-year-old man from Coventry on suspicion of fraud.

The arrest was in connection with an incident in January 2020 where efforts were made to defraud a woman from Bulkington out of several thousand pounds.

The woman was called by a man claiming to be from Natwest urging her to transfer money from her account. The woman realised it was a scam and reported it.

Warwickshire Police confirmed the suspect remains in custody.

The force led a week of action on telephone fraud, which also resulted in the arrests of men from Wednesbury and Birmingham.

Warwickshire Police has received more than 100 reports of telephone fraud since November last year.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hainsworth from the Warwickshire Police Economic Crime Unit believes telephone fraud is becoming more prevalent and the offenders getting more convincing: “These types of criminals typically target vulnerable people and they can sound extremely convincing. Victims are understandably concerned.

“Recently, we have been supporting the ‘Take Five’ initiative which urges people to do just that; if you feel something isn’t right, take five minutes to consider whether a situation is genuine.

“Criminals will often pressure people to act on the spot whereas legitimate callers will have no problem with you taking your time and carrying out relevant checks.”

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