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Detective Chief Inspector Ian Wilson

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Wilson

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Wilson

A man and a woman have been arrested as part of an investigation into recent scams targeting vulnerable people and older members of the community.

The 52-year-old female and 31-year-old male have been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences and remain in police custody, while detectives also searched two houses in south Belfast yesterday.

This year has seen numerous fraudsters phone victims and portray themselves to be either police officers or employees of utility companies.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Wilson from the PSNI's Economic Crime Unit warned that the police will relentlessly pursue all those involved.

He said: "We are committed to keeping people safe by tackling those involved in fraud and bringing them to justice. This action by police today forms part of our continuing efforts to tackle this type of crime.

"Police will never make contact and ask members of the public to provide PIN Codes, divulge passwords, or hand over bank cards in relation to their finances.

"Even during the current Covid-19 pandemic, it is clear that scammers will stop at nothing to target people which can often result in a life changing impact to their victims.

"Never ever give out any personal or financial information to an unverified source via email, text or over the phone. Only ever give that type of sensitive information to a verified source. If you receive any similar types of correspondence, please do not interact or reply to the scammers, but forward it through to Action Fraud or contact police.

"If you are concerned by unsolicited calls, text messages, emails or letters then please report it to Action Fraud via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk or by phoning 0300 123 2040, or call police on the non-emergency number 101."

For further information, visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni or the Facebook page @scamwiseni

Belfast Telegraph