The Spar store in Much Wenlock has recently had 2 incidents within a matter of days where an elderly customer has gone into the store and requested to send a £2,000 moneygram to India via the post office. The manager of the store has told the Town Council that “on investigation from the stores management team the two elderly residents were in fact in contact with scammers who have promised them that any BT cold calls would stop if they sent £2,000 to them (which they would refund at a later date). Both customers were told by the scammers not to tell the post office what the money was for but our store team refused to carry out the transaction without further information as suspicions arose. Yesterday’s customer actually had the scammers on the phone at the time of coming into the store so we hung up the phone on their behalf, they then rang back and the store manager told them that they were passing the number onto the police”.
If you know any elderly people please warn them to be careful and to call the police on 101 if they feel they are being targeted by these scammers.