Bank staff thwart rogue traders who tried to scam pensioners

Bank staff thwart rogue traders who tried to scam pensioners

Bank staff thwart rogue traders who tried to scam pensioners

First published in News

SHREWD bank staff have thwarted attempts by rogue traders to con two elderly women out of thousands of pounds.

Bank staff became suspicious after a woman in her 80s attempted to withdraw £5,000 from her local branch to pay workmen, who had initially come around to cut her lawn.

After the pensioner, from Kennart Road, Creekmoor, Poole, explained the money was for workmen who’d told her she needed to pay cash to have her lawn paved, the bank stopped the transaction and notified police.

The following day, between 9am and 11am, at an address in Emerson Road, Poole, another woman, in her 70s, was visited by a man who told her she needed to pay him £4,000 cash to fix her roof. After attending her local branch staff persuaded her not to make the withdrawal.

Dorset Police are now treating both incidents as suspected fraud and have launched investigations.

Detective Constable Lee Emery, of Bournemouth and Poole CID , said: “It was fortunate that the staff at both banks were alert and the women did not lose any money.”

The woman in her eighties was approached at her Kennart Road address at around 1pm on Friday, August 1. The Emerson Road incident happened on August 2.

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12:33pm Mon 11 Aug 14

kalebmoledirt says...

You'll know if they were travellers.if there are no arrests
You'll know if they were travellers.if there are no arrests kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 17

12:34pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Boganish says...

These con men should be named , shamed and faces exposed all over the internet, Preying on elderly vulnerable people is the lowest of low acts
These con men should be named , shamed and faces exposed all over the internet, Preying on elderly vulnerable people is the lowest of low acts Boganish
  • Score: 24

12:58pm Mon 11 Aug 14

brungo says...

just make all cold calling illegal in the uk, it's so simple!
just make all cold calling illegal in the uk, it's so simple! brungo
  • Score: 22

3:02pm Mon 11 Aug 14

muscliffman says...

In my experience many bank staff could themselves be called rogue-traders who have scammed an awful lot of people.

For instance, has anyone checked their bank endowment mortgage for it's 'promised' performance lately?
In my experience many bank staff could themselves be called rogue-traders who have scammed an awful lot of people. For instance, has anyone checked their bank endowment mortgage for it's 'promised' performance lately? muscliffman
  • Score: -13

5:28pm Mon 11 Aug 14

bogtrotter says...

Although this is a nice story, all it actually tells us is that an elderly lady wasn't allowed to withdraw money from a bank. The story should contain the rogue trader part being fact and the people involved being named, shamed and arrested. What happens if they genuinely did want the work done and it was a fair price?
Although this is a nice story, all it actually tells us is that an elderly lady wasn't allowed to withdraw money from a bank. The story should contain the rogue trader part being fact and the people involved being named, shamed and arrested. What happens if they genuinely did want the work done and it was a fair price? bogtrotter
  • Score: -9

10:46pm Mon 11 Aug 14

peterm8264 says...

the job that the contractor did is very good , I think that a lack of communication and over zelous bank staff have created a headline . I don't think the contractor was wrong in asking for cash as he had to pay for the materials out of his own pocket .not a con man , just someone trying to make a living in these difficult times .pity the banks don't stop the payments to the council for the toilets and skips for the travellers in creekmoor
the job that the contractor did is very good , I think that a lack of communication and over zelous bank staff have created a headline . I don't think the contractor was wrong in asking for cash as he had to pay for the materials out of his own pocket .not a con man , just someone trying to make a living in these difficult times .pity the banks don't stop the payments to the council for the toilets and skips for the travellers in creekmoor peterm8264
  • Score: -3

11:38pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

muscliffman wrote:
In my experience many bank staff could themselves be called rogue-traders who have scammed an awful lot of people.

For instance, has anyone checked their bank endowment mortgage for it's 'promised' performance lately?
I cashed mine in twenty years ago. Long before the rot was evident.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: In my experience many bank staff could themselves be called rogue-traders who have scammed an awful lot of people. For instance, has anyone checked their bank endowment mortgage for it's 'promised' performance lately?[/p][/quote]I cashed mine in twenty years ago. Long before the rot was evident. Yankee1
  • Score: 0

12:37am Tue 12 Aug 14

muscliffman says...

Yankee1 wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
In my experience many bank staff could themselves be called rogue-traders who have scammed an awful lot of people.

For instance, has anyone checked their bank endowment mortgage for it's 'promised' performance lately?
I cashed mine in twenty years ago. Long before the rot was evident.
Fortunately so did I in '98, but judging by the thumbs I am getting a lot of folk don't understand how big this banking endowment mortgage scam was - and the chickens are only just starting to come home to roost.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: In my experience many bank staff could themselves be called rogue-traders who have scammed an awful lot of people. For instance, has anyone checked their bank endowment mortgage for it's 'promised' performance lately?[/p][/quote]I cashed mine in twenty years ago. Long before the rot was evident.[/p][/quote]Fortunately so did I in '98, but judging by the thumbs I am getting a lot of folk don't understand how big this banking endowment mortgage scam was - and the chickens are only just starting to come home to roost. muscliffman
  • Score: -1

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