Fraud arrest prompts warning from police
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A London taxi driver has been arrested in Maidstone on suspicion of fraud.
The 37-year-old man, from Poplar, was arrested in Copperfield Drive in Langley at 4.25pm on Tuesday. A black Volkswagen was also seized.
The man has since been released on bail until Wednesday, November 6, while further investigations take place.
The arrest followed a call to Kent Police from a member of the public who said she had had a suspicious phone call from a man claiming to be a "bank investigator."
The incident has prompted police to remind people, especially the elderly, not to be persuaded to hand large sums of cash to people purporting to be from the police or other public services, companies or financial institutions.
DS Adrian Brown, who heads the force's genuine fraud investigation unit, said: "‘Banks, or the police, will never ask for personal banking data or PIN numbers over the telephone.
"We would certainly never request people to withdraw cash and hand it to us or any third party. Anyone contacted in this way is advised to contact their bank from a separate telephone and report the matter to the police."
For more advice or to report suspected fraud call 0300 123 2040, or visit www.actionfraud.org.uk
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