Bogus police officers arrested after Olympic tourists are conned
PUBLISHED July 29, 2012
The group were allegedly posing as plain clothes officers who were approaching visitors and asking them to hand over cash or credit cards.
The three men, aged between 27 and 35, were arrested in Russell Square, central London yesterday afternoon.
Detective Superintendent Steve Osborn, Metropolitan Police Service, Westminster borough, said: "Millions of visitors to London will sadly always be an attraction to criminals and it is important that people stay alert.
"We have officers out there on the street identifying and arresting those who are involved in crime. I'm very pleased with the arrests my officers made yesterday, there have been number of incidents where criminals have impersonated police officers to take money off unsuspecting tourists.
"Officers would never take money from you, they would never take you to a cash point and ask you for money. They are unlikely to ask to see your bank cards and would never need to ask you for your pin number.