Chiswick man arrested in connection with million pound fraud in Suffolk

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A 32-year-old man from Chiswick has been arrested in connection with a million pound fraud in Suffolk.

On September 16, a Suffolk company was conned into handing over more than a million pounds by a plausible bogus caller.

The caller contacted staff, told them there was a virus on the firm’s internet banking facility and advised that money in the company accounts should be transferred into separate holding accounts whilst the bank rectified the issue.

During the call the suspect managed to disguise his own telephone number to show the number of the bank’s fraud team which was on its website.

The caller managed to gain the trust of staff and instructed them to download remote access software on the firm’s computer. This enabled the suspect to access the internet banking and transfer money from the company’s account.

Yesterday, (September 28), police investigating the fraud arrested a 32-year-old man from Chiswick in connection with the incident.

He was taken into custody in London, interviewed by detectives and has now been bailed until November 25, pending further enquiries.

Officers are renewing a warning for callers to be alert and are reminding individuals and businesses that neither banks nor police will ask them to transfer or handover sums of money.

People should never give out details of bank accounts, PINs or personal information and are advised to stop and think for a moment if they receive contact from an unknown caller.

A police spokesman said: “Be suspicious, particularly if they are telling you something is wrong or that you need to send or handover money. If you suspect you may be the victim of a bogus call hang up and leave the phone down for at least ten minutes or use another phone before contacting anyone else.

“Don’t be afraid to hang up on unknown callers. Genuine callers will understand if you want to call them back later, after checking existing paperwork to confirm numbers to check their identity.

Anyone with concerns about this type of incident should call police or Action Fraud – the national fraud reporting centre - on 0300 123 2040.