Fake police officer at large in Suffolk

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Suffolk police are reminding people to remain vigilant and not hand over their bank details following a further ‘police officer’ scam in the county.

A woman in her 60s living in Kessingland was called by a man at around 4.15pm on Thursday 31 July stating he was a detective constable working for Hammersmith police.

The man indicated he had arrested a man who was in custody who had fraudulently withdrawn funds from her bank account and she needed to contact her bank straight away.

Believing the call to be a bit odd, the woman didn’t call her bank straight away, but called them later. The bank advised her that the call had been a ruse to scam her out of money and that no action was needed.

The woman also called the Metropolitan Police who confirmed the same.

Detective Chief Inspector Tonya Antonis said: “This lady did exactly the right thing. We have been issuing advice over the past few months since this particular type of scam started in Suffolk, advising people not to call their bank immediately, confirm bank details or hand over any money.

“People committing these crimes come up with different, more elaborate scam ideas all the time. Their victims are often older or vulnerable people and when they purport to be police officers they sound very plausible.

“When the victim hangs up to then call their bank (or the relevant force where the man was ringing from), the scammer doesn’t hang up which in effect leaves the line open so the victim then calls them back.

“We would advise people to never give out their bank details; a bank or a police officer would never ask you to clarify these details over the phone. If you are able to seek clarity from your bank but call them from a different phone, a mobile or your neighbours or alternatively wait for 5-10 minutes for your line to clear. But more importantly call the police to report the matter.”