AN ELDERLY man has been scammed out of thousands of pounds after being contacted by a fraudster posing as a detective.

The man is his 80s from Alderholt received a call at around 11.30am on Monday (February 8) from a man claiming to be a detective from Manchester police and asked for help in catching a man who had obtained a large amount of counterfeit money from the victim’s local bank.

He was put through to a woman claiming to be from the bank before he spoke to the man again, who asked the victim to withdraw £7,000 from the bank so police could check whether it was genuine or not.

The victim was only able to withdraw £5,000 and arrangements were made for someone to come and pick the money up.

At around 2.30pm on Monday a black man wearing a face mask came and collected the money.

Dorset Police say two similar incidents were also reported in the Alderholt area – one on Thursday , January 28 and another on Monday (February 8) – where elderly residents were contacted by people claiming to be from the police and asked to withdraw money, but on these occasions no money was handed over.

Fraud investigator Shane Cherrett, of Dorset Police, said: “We are carrying out a full investigation into these matters and I am appealing for anyone with information that might assist our enquiries to please come forward.

“We believe the man who collected the money may have been waiting in the Alderholt area on the afternoon of Monday 8 February 2021 and I would ask for anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the vicinity to please contact us.

“Finally I would urge people to make sure any vulnerable elderly family members, loved ones or neighbours are aware of this scam. Anyone who is contacted in similar circumstances is asked to please report it to us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210023452.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers online at or call Freephone 0800 555 111.


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