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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Police appeal after £32,000 coin fraud in Cumbria

A pensioner has had his collection of London Mint coins, worth £32,000, stolen after agreeing to sell them on eBay and hand over the goods at a motorway service station near Carlisle.

The victim, aged 70 and from Inverurie, Scotland, originally placed two London Mint coins on eBay for sale, providing a mobile number as a point of contact.

On September 6 he was called by man called Peter who asked to buy the coins. The OAP, who had accumulated 59 silver and gold coins, was then asked by the man if he could purchase all of his collection and arranged for money to be credited to the victim’s bank account.

A week later, Peter paid a fraudulent cheque into a bank in Bury in the name of ‘Repack Services Limited’. The money appeared in the victim’s account.

The victim arranged to meet Peter at Southwaite Services at 2pm on September 15. Peter, however, sent an alleged courier called Dave, a white man in his fifties.

Three days later, the pensioner found the money had been removed from his account because the cheque had been forged.

DC Vicky Hughes, of Cumbria Constabulary, said: “This is obviously a large amount of money, and we are working hard to try and find whoever is responsible for this despicable fraud and bring them to justice. I would urge anyone who is aware of any coins matching the description above being sold to contact Cumbria police on 101.

“I would also like to use this opportunity to urge people to be cautious when buying or selling goods over the internet. It can be a great way of selling specialist items and bringing like-minded people together – however, people do need to be careful when doing financial transactions over the internet.”

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