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Fraudsters are targeting 01453 telephone numbers

Gloucestershire Constabulary are warning residents in the Stroud area to be vigilant, as 01453 telephone numbers are currently being targeted by fraudsters posing as police officers.

Four incidents were reported on Thursday (November 18) involving a fraudster who had phoned local residents posing as PC Thomas Daniels from Paddington police station.

They asked victims to assist in a "covert police operation" by withdrawing cash from their bank account.

The victims were told that the cash was counterfeit and needed to be given to a police courier as part of the investigation.

Sadly one victim, aged 74, handed over £6,300 to the fraudsters.

The police will never ask you to hand over cash, bank cards or other items.

If you receive a call like this, hang up straight away and use a different phone to contact the police to report the incident.

If you don't have access to another telephone, contact a friend or relative first to ensure that the fraudster has not stayed on the line.

If you have been the victim of fraud please report this to police by calling 101 or visiting https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/soh/seen-or-heard/ 

Information can also be reported to Action Fraud by calling 03001232040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk 

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