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Seven held as Syria counter-terror police probe fraud

By Hayden Smith

Counter-terrorism police investigating a "large-scale" alleged fraud linked to extremists travelling to Syria have arrested seven people.

The arrests of six men and a woman are part of a probe into allegations that vulnerable and elderly victims were "cold called" at home by someone impersonating a police officer.

The suspects were held yesterday when officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command raided a number of addresses in London and one in Luton, Bedfordshire.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Officers are investigating a large-scale fraud linked to UK extremists travelling to Syria.

"Members of the public are strongly advised, if you receive a call like this about your bank account from someone claiming to be a police officer, hang up the phone, wait at least five minutes to make sure the phone line has cleared, or use another phone line, before ringing the phone number on your bank card."

The six men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering. The woman was arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

A 23-year-old man and 32-year-old woman were held at an address in north London. Four men - two aged 23, one 21-year-old and one aged 28 - were arrested at separate addresses in north London, while a 38-year-old man was detained in Luton.

Officers are searching a total of seven properties.

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