Dorset

Dorset Police in telephone fraudster warning

Police have revealed more than £2m has been scammed from residents in south-west England by telephone fraudsters in the past year.

About 700 offences have been reported to police since March 2014, with more than 430 victims in Dorset.

Officers have warned people in Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth to be especially wary of giving out card details or handing over money.

Callers often pose as police officers or bankers to trick vulnerable people.

In total, 30 people in Dorset have lost money, although police suspect the overall number is much higher as many attempts to defraud people go unreported.

Flyers, leaflets and social media are being used to warn residents.

Two people were arrested and released on bail on 2 March in relation to a number of alleged telephone money scams in the Poole area.

On Tuesday, two men were jailed at Bristol Crown Court for defrauding vulnerable people in Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall out of more than £88,000.

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