On Wednesday morning Police arrested a male believed to be involved in laundering the proceeds of the frauds. The male was later charged with an offence of conspiring to defraud and a further charge of Money Laundering.
An Operation took place on Wednesday September 9th involving Police and Immigration Enforcement officers.
This has been part of an ongoing investigation being carried out by officers from the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) Fraud Team where suspects from the area have been involved in organised fraud targeting elderly people and defrauding them of their life’s savings.
Over the past months there have been a number of reports to police across the UK and specifically from residents of the North East where they have received calls from people claiming to be police officers or from their banks fraud department and that they have to withdraw their money or move it online in order to keep it safe. However rather than protecting their money they are transferring it straight into the fraudsters bank account.
On Wednesday morning Police arrested a male believed to be involved in laundering the proceeds of the frauds. The male was later charged with an offence of conspiring to defraud and a further charge of Money Laundering. The arrested male was detained in Police custody overnight and attended North Tyneside Magistrates Court on Thursday 10th September where he was remanded in custody.
NERSOU’s Detective Inspector Traci McNally said “"This is a scam which is affecting people not only locally in the North East region but on a national level and involves fraudsters intercepting phone lines, leaving the telephone line open and posing as other police forces and banking authorities.
"I would urge members of the public to be on their guard and if they do receive a suspicious call to put the phone down immediately. If you want to verify the call is genuine use another phone to call the police or your bank or visit them in person."
In order to protect members of the public and to prevent the activity from occurring in the first instance the NERSOU website will be updated periodically with advice on how to protect yourself from becoming involved in money laundering. Further information can be obtained by visiting the sites listed below.
For more information on fraud and crime prevention, please visit http://www.northumbria.police.uk/fraud/telephone or www.actionfraud.co.uk.
For more information on the work of the North East Region Special Operations Unit, please visit