Wiltshire Police warning after Trowbridge woman is scammed

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By nhavergal | Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 15:04

Wiltshire Police are warning residents about a scam which has seen an elderly woman lose thousands of pounds. 

The woman from Trowbridge was told an electrical item would help her save money on her bills. 

After discovering the item didn't save her money after watching TV programme Watchdog she was shortly contacted by a rouge company who said she was entitled to around £4,500 in compensation. 

In order to receive the compensation, the company claimed she would have to pay the solicitors fees using vouchers and giving the voucher numbers over the phone. 

It was only made apparent that this was a scam when a family member realised however £1,700 had already been given to the company. 

PC Gemma Rutter, from the Trowbridge Response Unit said: "Unfortunately, scams like this one seem to always target the elderly and most vulnerable in our community."

Police investigating the vouchers have reported they were redeemed in India. 

"Most scams seem too good to be true as they are and many seem very professional and realistic," PC Gemma Rutter added. 

Anyone who thinks they may have fallen victim to this scam or something similar can contact Wiltshire Police by using the 101 non-emergency number or Crimestoppers on: 0800 555 111. Any information left can be done anonymously. 

      

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