An 87-year-old man has been rescued from scammers after bank workers raised the alarm when he tried to withdraw £ 10,000.
Lloyds Bank staff were concerned when the man tried to transfer £ 10,000 from his account ‘to a family member’ on Tuesday.
While the staff spoke to the man, reports ChronicleLive, it became clear that he had been called by a scammer claiming to be from the bank’s fraud team.
The scammer had advised him to transfer his savings to a ‘safe’ account and claimed they discovered suspicious activity in his account.
Police were called to the bank and spoke to the man.
Chief Inspector Paul Walters said: “Unfortunately, such frauds are becoming more common as criminals are desperately trying to make money by preying on the elderly and the vulnerable.
“What is despicable about crimes like these is that they manipulate people’s fears and force them to give their savings to the people they are trying to protect them from.
In this case the bank staff were vigilant and able to help an elderly man – their prompt intervention saved him a loss of £ 10,000. Trusting their instincts, the staff picked up on the signals that something was not quite right, and communicated these concerns to us so we could respond in real time.
“Rapid action from our agents also resulted in the victim being protected and getting tailored advice to protect him from this happening again. We will continue to work closely with the banks and building societies to prevent people from falling victim to such horrible scams. “
An investigation into the scam has since been launched.