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Elderly woman almost lost £24k to scammers – just two years after being conned out of around £90k



FRAUD prevention officers are urging people to stay vigilant after an elderly woman almost lost £24,000 to scammers – just two years after being conned out of around £90,000.

The woman was a victim of a fake investment scheme in 2018, and believed some of the money would now be returned to her if she made three payments to individual bank accounts.

She made two transfers totalling £9,000, and was asked for a further £15,000 before her funds would be released.

However, under Operation Signature, which sees banks and police work together to identify potential victims of fraud, Dyfed-Powys Police was alerted to the third payment and intervened.

Fraud safeguarding officer Rebecca Jones said: “Sadly, in 2018 this lady was convinced to invest a huge amount of money into a fake scheme. She was led to believe a significant proportion of this would be returned to her if she made two payments – but was then asked for a third.

“Thankfully, at this point we were made aware, and could begin to investigate where the money was going. After providing the victim with advice and support, she decided against making the payment.

“We have prevented the loss of a significant amount of money, and will continue to engage with the victim to ensure she is not at risk of falling foul of further scams.”

The offences have been referred to Action Fraud for dissemination to the Met Police for investigation.

The force’s Economic Crime Team is now urging people to be on high alert when contacted out of the blue from anyone asking for a bank transfer to be made – with particular concern that people might be more vulnerable to fraudsters while isolating.

Rebecca said: “Criminals will use any opportunity they can to take money from innocent people. As more people stay at home, there is more opportunity for criminals to try and trick people into parting with their money at a time when they are anxious and uncertain.

“This is especially relevant as older, more vulnerable people self-isolate and may be targeted over the phone, or even in person. Not being able to see family members might make vulnerable people feel more alone, and not be able to get advice quickly on whether an opportunity is genuine or a scam.

“We are asking people to stay on their guard, be alert, and always question the motives of someone who contacts them out of the blue over the phone, by email or in person with a questionable good deal.”

· If you’re purchasing goods or services from a person or company you don’t know, do your research before parting with any money.
· Never respond to an email asking for your personal or financial information.
· Avoid paying for goods and services by bank transfer as that offers little protection if you become a victim of fraud. Instead, use a credit card or service such as PayPal if you can.
· If you’re contacted by someone asking you to make an investment, seek advice and check the Financial Conduct Authority’s register to check if the company is regulated. No legitimate organisation with pressure you into making a decision on the spot.


Drug drive arrest following routine check



A MALE has been arrested following a positive roadside test.

The vehicle, which was stopped this morning, June 6, by the Pembrokeshire Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) was part of a routine check.

Traffic officers suspected the driver may be under the influence after smelling cannabis coming from the vehicle.

A roadside drug test was performed with a positive result with the drugswab provided. A small quantity of cannabis was also found inside the vehicle.

The cannabis was seized and the driver was arrested, later released under investigation, pending the male’s blood test result for the drug drive offence, out of court disposal for the possession.

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Campers from Cardiff sent packing



PEMBROKESHIRE Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) have this morning, June 5, reported nine individuals for breaching coronavirus regulations.

The occupants of the three vehicles, all from the Cardiff area, had moved barriers that had been in place to close off the carpark to the public and set up camp for the night.

A Pembrokeshire RPU spokesperson said ‘Three vehicles from the Cardiff area located at Abereiddy this morning.

“The occupants of the vehicles, who’d travelled down overnight, had moved the barriers that had been used to close the car park. Having done so they then set up camp nearby.

“All nine persons present were reported for breaching coronavirus regulations. One was further dealt with by means of an out of court disposal for possession of cannabis.

“Rubbish cleaned up, car park closure reinstated, vehicles escorted out of Pembs.”

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Police urge visitors to ‘check the rules’



POLICE in Powys are reminding people to check the rules before they travel, as tourists from the Midlands, London and Bristol continue to visit despite lockdown restrictions.

Last weekend more than 1,000 cars were turned around by police in the Brecon Beacons after visitors attempted to access the area around Ystradfellte known as ‘waterfall country’.

Many of those stopped claimed they thought the rules around travel were the same as in England, while others had deliberately flouted them.

Seventy-two per cent of people reported for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions in Powys since March 27 have been from outside the police force area.

“I would like to thank the communities of Powys for their cooperation in recent months in complying with requirements of the Covid 19 legislation and also reassure them we are still working hard with our partners to police the restrictions that remain in place across Wales,” said Superintendent Steve Davies.

“Our officers have worked hard to engage with the public at every opportunity throughout these unprecedented times by explaining what we are doing and why, and encouraging people to make the best choices to protect public health in Wales.

“But where people have clearly flouted the rules we have dealt with them appropriately and issued fines.”

He said officers will continue to conduct stop checks throughout Powys and across the force area this weekend.

In England, people can now travel an unlimited distance for exercise and to access so-called ‘beauty spots’.

But the Welsh Government has said people must remain local – ideally not travelling further than five miles from their home – for exercise or limited leisure pursuits, and this also applies to anyone travelling across the border.

Wales’ three national parks – which include popular sites such as Snowdon, the Elan valley and the Pembrokeshire coast – currently remain closed to the public, as do all National Trust car parks and properties.

The latest Welsh Government advice is available at

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