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Elderly man conned out of £4,000 by fake police officer in phone scam

PUBLISHED: 15:50 29 May 2018 | UPDATED: 21:10 29 May 2018

Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after an elderly man was targeted by telephone scammers Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after an elderly man was targeted by telephone scammers Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

An elderly man was conned out of £4,000 after being targeted by a telephone scammer pretending to be a police officer.

A man aged in his 80s from North Wootton, in King’s Lynn, was called on his landline by a man pretending to be an officer investigating a theft of money from the victim’s bank account, which was supposedly carried out using a cloned card.

He was told that the stolen money was replaced with counterfeit money and so he was instructed to withdraw £4,000 from his bank accounts to hand over to a courier.

The victim was told to place the “counterfeit” notes into a large envelope which was collected by the courier on the same day of the phone call, on Thursday, May 24.

The courier is described as being of Asian appearance, approximately 6ft 2in in height, slim build, clean shaven and wearing a white polo shirt, blue tracksuit trousers and white trainers.

The victim was also tricked into giving away further bank account details and was advised to call the number on the back of his bank card for further assistance using a fake reference number.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have received a similar type of telephone call or have any information about the incident. They should contact DC Sam Harris at King’s Lynn CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Residents are reminded that neither the bank nor the police will ever ask a person to withdraw money or purchase items, or ask them for their PIN, bank card or bank account details over the phone.

If you are asked to telephone a bank then always do it on a different phone to the one you were contacted on, as fraudsters will keep the line open and have been known to play ring tones, hold music and a recorded message down the phone so the victim believes they are making a call to a legitimate number.

Police have advised members of the public to not rush into complying to the scammers’ demands and requests and if you are unsure then call the police.

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