Arrests over ‘despicable’ crimes in Cranleigh

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FIVE people have been arrested following a series of ‘despicable’ crimes across Cranleigh and the Surrey county.

Vulnerable pensioners were duped into handing over bank cards and personal details by bogus bank employees.

A 90-year-old woman from Cranleigh and an 87-year-old woman from Alfold were both contacted by someone who claimed to work for their bank on Wednesday October 26.

The victims were told a courier was being sent to collect their old debit card and persuaded them to disclose security details.

Debit cards were then collected from the women and used to withdraw £500 from each of the victims’ bank accounts at Barclays Bank in Cranleigh.

Further purchases with a total value of £1,400 were also made on one of the cards.

This morning officers executed warrants at four addresses in the Croydon and south Croydon as part of an on-going investigation.

Five people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit theft in connection with offences in Surrey.

They remain in police custody.

Detective Sergeant Jak Bowers, of Surrey Police’s Cross Border Crime Investigation Team, said: “This type of crime, which targets the elderly and the vulnerable, is particularly despicable and we are determined to track down those responsible.

“I would take this opportunity to remind members of the community to be on their guard. Banks do not operate in this way and would not request a customer to confirm PIN details over the phone.

“If anyone thinks they may have been a victim of this type of scam please contact Surrey Police.”