Large sums of money handed over as scammers target Suffolk residents
Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after Hadleigh residents were telephoned by scammers, with one resident handing over a large sum of money.
On Thursday, November 19, a resident in Hadleigh received a phone call from offenders claiming to be police officers in London.
They were told that there had been fraudulent use of their bank cards and that they had to withdraw large sums of money from their bank account.
The offenders then asked for the money be taken to London and arranged for a courier to collect the money from the resident’s address.
The resident was given a password of “parcel for Warren” to give to the courier.
A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: “Unfortunately, on this occasion the money has been handed over.”
This was not the only incident in Hadleigh.
On Wednesday, November 26, residents in Polstead Heath, Hadleigh and Ipswich received phone calls from offenders also claiming to be police officers in London.
However on these occasions, no card details were given and no money was handed over.
Police have given the following advice to residents to avoid being caught out:
• Your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN, bank card or bank account details over the phone – never give these details out.
• If you receive such a call leave the landline for at least five minutes to make an outside call.
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.
• Use a friend or neighbour’s telephone instead.
Suffolk Police has asked friends, family, carers and neighbours to spread the word to ensure everyone is aware of the scam and what they should do.
It is believed elderly residents are particularly vulnerable.
Anybody with information should call Suffolk Police on 101.