Fake ‘BT’ caller steals £ 30,000 from elderly victim in app scam • The Register


Police have issued an urgent warning after an elderly man was scammed for £ 30,000 by phone fraudsters claiming to be from BT.

The incident happened last Thursday (September 23), prompting police in western Mercia to issue a bulletin warning people to be on their guard against suspicious phone calls.

In this case, the victim was called along with the perpetrators claiming to be from BT. They then asked him to download an application on his mobile.

Once the app was downloaded, they then convinced the man to log in using his online banking details and then transfer some money to another account for “safekeeping”.

In a statement, West Mercia Police said: “We have received a report from an elderly victim…

“Once he downloaded the app, the violators took control. They showed him a £ 30,000 transaction in his checking account and told him he had to transfer it to another account to keep it. “, they declared.

The crooks then asked the victim to go to his bank, while keeping his phone line open. He was then persuaded to transfer the £ 30,000 to an unknown account.

“The victim has since discovered that the original £ 30,000 had been transferred from his own savings account to his checking account, which he then transferred to the ‘custody’ account, which belonged to the offender,” he said the police said.

Detective Sergeant John Higgins of Shrewsbury CID describe this as a “cruel fraud” which “abuses the trust that vulnerable people have in established and well-known organizations that they think they can trust.”

He continued, “I would like to remind everyone that the police, government agencies and well-known companies such as BT will never ask you to transfer funds for them in this way. They will certainly never ask you to report to your office. bank and if you or your family receives a call like this, hang up immediately. “

Last week UK Finance – the banking industry umbrella group – reported a 71% increase in the number of authorized push payment (APP) frauds in the first six months of 2021. [PDF].

In APP fraud, a customer is tricked into authorizing a payment to a third-party account using various underhand methods such as fraudulent phone calls, text messages, and emails.

According to UK Finance, this is the first time that the amount of money stolen through APP fraud has exceeded losses from card fraud. ®

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