Men charged in connection with phone scam of elderly woman

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First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Two men have been charged in connection with a phone scam after an elderly Rickmansworth woman was targeted earlier this week.

The woman in her 70s was allegedly called on Monday by her bank claiming they were investigating fraudulent activity on her account.

She was persuaded to disclose her account details and was directed to give her bank card to a courier, who was sent later to collect it.

The victim realised this may be part of a scam and contacted the police who were able to act on the information.

Nijamur Rahman, 33, and Monsur Rahman, 24, both from Ramsey Close, Hendon were arrested on Monday on suspicion of fraud by false representation in connection with the scam and then charged.

Both were remanded in custody at Hatfield Remand Court on Wednesday.

Detective constable Adam Bridges, from Three Rivers Local Crime Unit, said: "We are continuing to make arrests and deal robustly with those who are involved with phone scams, especially as they target the vulnerable and elderly."

He added: "If you have suspicions about who is on the phone, end the call and let the police know by contacting us via the non-emergency number 101.

"Remember to use a mobile phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren’t reconnected to the caller. A legitimate caller won’t mind you verifying their identity by contacting the police.

"Please share this information with your elderly neighbours and relatives as they are being targeted."

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