Over the next few days, we’re going to be sharing the story of a Sheffield man who was a victim of extensive postal and telephone fraud.
The man, who is in his 80s, has asked not to be identified but has bravely agreed to share his story with the hope that it stops others from becoming a victim to any type of scam.
Fraud Protect Officer Andy Foster was made aware of the case after the victim reported it to his local police station.
Andy visited the man and found that his house was filled with unopened post. Volunteering his own time one weekend, Andy went back to visit the victim and together they filled18 bin bags with the fraudulent letters. Andy quickly established that the victim had been sending money to unknown individuals for years. Cheques had been sent in sums from £20 - £9,000. Andy also discovered that the man had been a victim of rouge traders, spending over £13,000 on solar panels which his property did not need.
Listen to the clip below as Andy explains how he became aware of the case and just how vast the extent of the postal fraud was.
Tomorrow, we’ll share the next part in which the victim will explain how it built up and how it made him feel.
If you have concerns about fraud, or for more information, please visit Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 1232040.
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