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We are urging people to be vigilant after receiving a report of an investment scam where the victim was contacted on WhatsApp.
It was reported that scammers contacted a woman in her 50s in the Winchester area via WhatsApp, claiming to have an investment opportunity in cryptocurrency.
The scammer sent documents as proof of legitimacy and persuaded the woman to send sums of cash, with the promise of a greater return at a later date.
The victim was also persuaded to download remote access software to her computer to ‘help’ her with navigating trading websites.
It was reported to police by the victim’s bank, who refused to process a transfer of £2,000.
Sergeant James Hook said: “Offences like this one have a significant impact, both financially and emotionally, on victims.
“Thankfully in this case the bank did refund the money to the victim.
“We don’t want people to fall into the same trap. Legitimate brokers would never contact you in this way, and always be wary of people that are promising you huge returns on your investment.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
“If you think this is happening to you, then please call us on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.”
You can make yourself aware of various types of scams, and how to protect yourself, by visiting the Action Fraud website (https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/) or by calling them on 0300 123 2040.
• Don’t assume that professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts that talk of investment opportunities are real. Criminals can use the names of well-known brands or individuals to make their scams appear legitimate
• Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Genuine bank or financial organisations won’t force you to part with your money in this way
• Avoid uninvited investment offers, especially those received over social media or via cold calls. If you are thinking about making investment, seek independent advice and thoroughly research the company first.