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The first three arrests were made on Ormeau Road, south Belfast, just after 4pm on Friday afternoon.

Police had received a report that a 65-year-old woman was on the way, carrying £ 40,000 in people who she believed were police officers.

The officers arrested three men, ages 25, 26 and 32, on suspicion of fraud by misrepresentation, and all remained in custody Saturday afternoon.

One A woman aged 30 and two men aged 23 and 28 were arrested on suspicion of fraud by misrepresentation. They also remained in custody Saturday afternoon.

Detective Superintendent Zoe McKee said, “These predatory criminals operate in a secret world where they seek to exploit and benefit from members of our older community who have worked hard and saved and contributed to society only to be exploited by money and other personal possessions.

“These scammers can be extremely persuasive and use different scenarios to convince their victims that they are real.

“The repercussions of this type of crime can have far-reaching implications, but we can all do something together to protect it and prevent it from happening to our mothers, fathers, grandmas and grandfathers. Any information you could possibly get about this type of fraud are important to us.

“If you know, or someone you know, received or received a call from someone, who claims he is a police officer asking for money or his bank details, or asking to leave cash outside his home, please let us know. “

” The protection of your personal and bank details is essential. Never give them to unauthorized persons or allow anyone to access them through your computer, no matter how convincing they may seem. Do whatever you can to protect yourself.

“It’s never too late to report this type of incident to the police. If you have received such a call, or if you are concerned about the intent of unsolicited calls, e-mails or letters, please report it to Action Fraud via the website www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. or calling Call the police on 101. “

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