Fraud Exposed By Caring Police Officer

A quick-thinking police officer has stumbled across a fraud which is costing thousands of people their life savings..

She was visiting a pensioner in Plymouth  to check he was okay when he told her he needed to  send off a cheque for £21,000 as an investment into  rare earth metal oxides.

There are legimate companies  selling  rare earth metal oxides,  but  contact  in this case  was made  through a cold-call.  The officer became suspicious and asked fraud investigators at Devon and Cornwall  police to check  out the transaction.

Police believe it is not legitimate and  the investigation has been referred to the  City Of London Police.

Detective Sergeant  Mark Newnham from the Financial Investigation Unit has been telling our reporter Wendy Buckingham what happened  CLICK HERE

Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of this fraud can contact Fraud Action on 0300 123 2040. or go to

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