Three men have been arrested in a counter-terrorism inquiry after reports of people being tricked out of money in “cold calls” by bogus police officers.
The arrests are part of a police probe into large-scale fraud linked to UK extremists travelling to Syria.
Two men, aged 29 and 23, were arrested at addresses in west and east London on suspicion of money-laundering.
It later emerged a third man, aged 37, was arrested in west London on suspicion of the same offence.
The men were being held in custody at a south London police station.
Four other addresses in London were searched.
Scotland Yard said there were reports of vulnerable and elderly people being called over the phone by someone impersonating a police officer.
Victims were then told their bank account had been compromised and they needed to transfer money to another account. One elderly person lost about £150,000.
Two of the offences relate to two victims in their 80s from Cornwall, who were allegedly defrauded of £130,000.
Police used search warrants at two addresses in north London, one in west London and one in south-east London.
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