Farmers conned out of thousands

4:34pm Friday 30th May 2014

By Mike Bridgen

FARMERS have been warned to be vigilant after fraudsters conned farmers in North Yorkshire out of thousands of pounds.

Five farms near Selby were targeted over ten days – one victim lost their entire life savings.

The criminals claimed to be part of a bank fraud investigation team and coldcalled farmers, saying someone had tried to cash a cheque on their account for £11,500. They were urged to move their money into a “safe account”, but in fact it was a scam and once transferred, all their money vanished.

Cash was switched using internet banking or the conmen told their victims to go to the bank and not mention the reason for transferring the cash to bank staff – claiming they too were under investigation.

In some of the incidents, the criminals asked victims to call the number on the back of their bank card. They then held the phone line open, resulting in the victim believing they were calling their bank, when in fact they were still speaking to the fraudster.

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