Warning after Wisbech woman is scammed out of cash by online crooks
Fenland police have issued a warning and launched an investigation after a woman was scammed out of almost £1,000 by online crooks.
They are urging people to think about whether they really know who they are paying online.
The move comes after officers launched an investigation into the incident involving a woman in her sixties in Wisbech.
A police spokesperson said: "We’ve launched an investigation after a call from eagle-eyed bank staff earlier this week revealed a woman in her 60s has been scammed out of almost £1,000.
"The woman, who lives in Wisbech, was messaged after applying for a loan online and told she needed to pay a ‘guarantor’ payment of £125.
"The demands for money increased and more and more cash was moved to and from her account to prove the transactions ‘worked’.
"Soon after this her online banking was frozen, so the woman popped into her local bank.
"However, it was here that she was called again by the scammers and told to say it was her money and she could do what she wanted with it.
"Bank staff called us after spotting something wasn’t quite right and we attended, spoke to the woman and have raised a crime.
"Our message is simple - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Please think twice."
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