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We are urging residents to be vigilant following a scam reported by two
people in Chippenham and Calne
On Tuesday 29 August, two men aged in their 90s, received calls from a
man claiming to be a detective. The ‘detective’ told both men that money
had been taken from their bank accounts and to assist police with ongoing
enquiries, they must confirm how much money they had in their accounts
and who they bank with. They were then asked to go to a
jewellers in Chippenham and purchase a
Rolex watch costing approximately £25,000.
When the men queried the validity of the calls, they were told to hang up
and call 999. When they have done this, the line was held open and they
were given another fraudulent name of a sergeant from Scotland Yard
Serious Fraud Squad. Both men were told if they did not co-operate, they
would face up to four years in prison for not assisting police.
PC Hazel Anderson said: “In these incidents, one of the men walked to the
jewellers to look at watches and the caller waited on the line for
approximately an hour. The other man was offered a taxi to transport him
from Calne to the jewellers.
“Understandably these incidents were worrying for the two elderly victims
– fortunately no money was handed over.
“We’d like to highlight this scam to residents – if you have elderly
relatives, neighbours or friends, please speak to them about this scam so
they are aware.
“Please also remember never to divulge any personal bank details to
anyone over the phone, and if you suspect anything, please call police on