Concerned Rugby woman speaks out after abusive scammer threatens her with prison


A concerned Rugby woman is keen to raise awareness of scam phone calls after she was targeted by an aggressive man claiming to be from the British Government.

Yvonne Gudgin, from Rugby, received the bogus call on August 17.

The caller claimed he was from the British Government and said Yvonne had been allocated an £8,000 grant from the treasury department.

He then asked for her name, age, address and bank details so he could ‘transfer the money’.

When Yvonne refused, he became very aggressive and threatened her, saying she ‘could go to prison for six years for lying to the government’.

Yvonne, 64, said: “I’ve always been a bit sceptical of calls like this so I wasn’t taken in by it but someone older or more vulnerable definitely could have been,” she said.

“He was very aggressive and rude but I kept telling him ‘I know it’s a scam’ and he was getting angry with me.

“He said that I could go to prison if I lied to him as he was working for the government.

“To be honest, he wasn’t very good at what he was trying to do, and he couldn’t answer the questions I was throwing at him. “But my concern is that someone who is a better liar than him might target elderly people in the borough and try to get their details.”

After asking the scammer several questions, Yvonne ended the phone call. Her phone rang a few minutes later and it was the bogus caller ringing back. He said ‘the British Government has a message for you’ and then swore at her.

Yvonne said: “These people must make hundreds of calls a day in the hope that someone will fall for them.

“It’s really sad to think of an elderly person feeling threatened or intimidated on the phone.”

Warwickshire Police put out a warning last week after elderly people in Rugby had been targeted by a scam.

The caller claimed to be from the police in London and said that the victims had a grandson who was in custody for cloning bank cards, or stealing money from the victims’ account.

Fortunately the victims realised it was a scam and did not handed over any details.

A Warwickshire Police spokesman said: “Do not hand out any personal details over the phone. If you receive a call like this, please hang up immediately and call 101 from a different phone. If there is a crime in progress, please call 999.”