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Elderly woman conned out of nearly £7K

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Published by Chris Craddock at 12:07pm 27th February 2019.

An elderly woman in Walpole Highway was conned out of over £6,800 by a cold caller.

The man pretended to be a police officer when he rang the victim last Friday (22nd Feb).

He told her that someone had used her bank card to buy counterfeit Euros.

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She was then asked to buy 4,000 Euros from a Bureau-de-Change so the fake officers could check if the cash was real.

The victim agreed to do this twice and each time the money was collected from her home by a man.

The courier is described as being black, around 6ft 1 tall, of a slim build, aged in his 20s and was wearing hi-vis clothing.

"Genuine police officers or staff would never approach residents and ask for cash withdrawals"

There have been similar incidents like this reported in our area.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Nichola Lane from King's Lynn CID said:

"We're urging members of the public, particularly the elderly who are primarily being targeted, to be vigilant to cold calls made on the telephone.

"Genuine police officers or staff would never approach residents and ask for cash withdrawals to be made or for people to purchase items on their behalf.

"I would ask people with vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours to make sure they are aware of this type of scam."

Officers have this advice:

  • Never give out personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
  • If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up and call 101 using a different phone. If you can't use a different phone, wait at least five minutes before calling back. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check.
  • Police and banks will never ask you to give out personal details such as account numbers or PIN numbers.
  • If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
  • Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.

Anyone with concerns about such calls should contact Norfolk Police on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.

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