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Cold calling scam hits King's Lynn man in his 90s

Cold calling scam hits King's Lynn man in his 90s

Published by KLFM
5:10pm 25th February 2020.

Police are urging King's Lynn locals to be vigilant if anyone calls claiming to be a police officer.

It's after an incident last Thursday afternoon when an elderly resident in Dodman's Close received a phone call from a man saying he was a detective.

The caller told the victim - in his 90s - that his bank was being investigated as part of police enquiries.

He was told to withdraw £6,000 in cash, and that it would be collected the following day and taken for testing to see if it was fake.

He took out the cash on Friday and went home, where a man saying he was a courier collected the money using a codeword agreed on in the original cold call.

Local engagement officer PC Lee Anderton, local engagement officer, said:

"This is sadly a common method used by fraudsters to encourage vulnerable victims to withdraw large sums of money from their accounts. 

"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 Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.