A man has been charged following an investigation into an incident where a Bournemouth couple was reportedly scammed out of a significant amount of money.
In August 2019, the couple, aged in their 70s, were reportedly contacted by a man claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police. He allegedly claimed that they had arrested a man who was found to have their bank cards. He then gave them details of an account where they could put their money so it would be safe.
The couple were reportedly persuaded to hand over a large amount of money through a number of transactions and through various means before they established that the man they had been in contact with was not a Metropolitan Police officer.
Following an extensive investigation by Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) with support from City of London Police. On Monday 3 February, a series of warrants were completed at addresses in the Ilford area of London.
A 39-year-old man was arrested and has now been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and money laundering. He is due to appear before Poole Magistrates’ Court on Monday 10 February 2020.
The 50-year-old man who was also arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit fraud by false representation remains released under investigation while enquiries continue.