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Elderly woman targeted by fraudsters in Hillingdon

In a recent scam alert issued by Hillingdon Police Community Support Officer Jeff Jacob in Hillingdon, the public has been warned following an incident involving an elderly woman in Yiewsley.

The event took place this week on Yiewsley High Street, close to the GP surgery.

PCSO Jacob detailed the scam, stating, “As a matter of urgency we wish to make you all aware of a scam that was brought to our attention recently. This week an elderly female who has a disabled badge parked her car in

Yiewsley High Street near to the GP surgery. A male approached the victim and told her that it was illegal to park on the single yellow line even with a disabled badge.”

He further explained that upon her return to the car, “another male wearing what appeared like a black stab vest and a cap told her that she would get a fine for parking illegally.

“He made her tap her bank card on a portable machine and asked the victim for her card pin number.” Following this interaction, the victim noticed several fraudulent transactions on her bank account.

PCSO Jacob warned, “We would ask everyone to pay attention to anyone posing as enforcement officers in public and do not divulge your bank or personal information to anyone. These people are likely to act in groups. An enforcement officer in public should have identification and will not ask you to pay any fines on the spot.”

The community is urged to “report any suspicious activity to police and call someone you know if you are unsure,” to avoid falling victim to similar scams.