Forest Gate man arrested in ‘Olympic Games police contract’ scam

A man from Forest Gate was arrested today after a 69-year-old woman was duped into handing over �140,000 into an Olympic Games scam involving a false police transport contract.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Operation Podium detained a 24-year-old on suspicion of fraud by misrepresentation.

He is currently being quizzed at a central London police station.

The arrest was part of an joint investigation with US Law enforcement agencies into an alleged online scam, where overseas victims are tricked into sending a fraudster money to invest in their business.

Police believe initial contact with victims is made on internet dating websites.


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Once befriended, the fraudsters claim they need to pay the “initial costs” of fulfilling a contract they had won to supply coach transportation for police officers during the Olympics.

This morning’s arrest follows previous arrests at the end of December of a 49-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman.

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They are bailed to return to a north London police station in late March pending further inquiries.

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