Taxi driver saves OAP from £2,500 scam

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A taxi driver saved an elderly woman from being conned out of £2,500 after she was caught up in a bogus police scam.

The 94-year-old from Sudbury was visited on Tuesday by a man claiming to be a detective constable from Hammersmith in London, informing her that money had been taken from her bank accounts.

The woman was told that one account had been cleared and another had money removed from it. She was advised to take all the remaining money out of her account and send it by taxi to Hammersmith Police Station.

The elderly woman, believing the scam, made an appointment with her bank and removed the money before booking a taxi to take the parcel to London.

Luckily, the taxi driver, who had concerns over the package, decided to take it to Sudbury Police Station and report it to officers, where it was confirmed as a scam.

The money has been returned to the victim and officers have explained to her what has happened.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said they were “grateful for the actions of the driver”.

Officers are urging residents to be extremely careful when dealing with unknown callers and to never give out personal information or hand over cards or money in these circumstances.

Anyone with information about these crimes, or any similar incidents, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.