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London taxi driver arrested after fraud claims

14:56 13 September 2013

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Suspicious phone calls made from a man claiming to be “bank investigator”

A London taxi driver has been arreseted on suspicion of fraud after reports of suspicious behaviour in the Maidstone area.

The 37-year-old man, from Poplar, was arrested in Copperfield Drive in Langley at 4.25pm on Tuesday, September 10, and a black Volkswagon was also seized. The man has since been released on bail until November 6 while further investigations take place.

The arrest followed a call to Kent Police from a member of the public at 3.45pm. The woman was suspicious about a phone call she had earlier received at 1.15pm from a man claiming to be a “bank investigator”.

The incident prompted officers to remind people, especially the elderly, not to be persuaded to hand large sums of cash to people purporting to be from the police or other public services, companies or financial institutions.

DS Adrian Brown: “Banks, or the police, will never ask for personal banking data or PIN numbers over the telephone.

“We would certainly never request people to withdraw cash and hand it to us or any third party. Anyone contacted in this way is advised to contact their bank from a separate telephone and report the matter to the police.”

You can get more advice and report suspected fraud to Action Fraud UK by calling 0300 123 2040, or online at www.actionfraud.org.uk

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