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Roydon residents urged to be vigilant after telephone scam




Police are urging residents to be vigilant after an elderly woman was almost conned out of thousands of pounds by a telephone scammer pretending to be a police officer.

The incident happened on January 27, when a woman aged in her 80s, living in the Roydon area, received a call on her landline from a man claiming to be a police officer.

The suspect told the victim that people in the Diss area had been losing thousands of pounds from their bank accounts from scammers, and she should withdraw £5,000 from her bank as soon as possible.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have received a similar type of telephone call or has any information about this incident. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have received a similar type of telephone call or has any information about this incident. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

The victim was told that two plain-clothed officers would watch her as she withdrew money from the bank, and she was advised not tell anyone about or explain the withdrawal.

She was also asked to leave her home phone unplugged and front door ajar after leaving the house on her way to the bank.

The victim received a further call from the unknown man who informed her that two plain-clothed police officers would attend her home address to collect the money.

Following a visit to the victim’s home by her daughter a few days later, the scam was discovered and stopped, and contact was made with the police.

No money was stolen as a result of the incident.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have received a similar type of telephone call or has any information about this incident.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting crime reference number 36/8571/20.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Residents are reminded that the police never ask you to withdraw money or purchase items.

In addition:

  • Your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN, bank card or bank account details over the phone – never give these details to anybody.
  • Neither the police nor the banks will send a courier to collect money from you.
  • Always request Photo ID and if unsure, call the police.
  • If you're asked to telephone a bank, then always do it on a different phone to the one you were contacted on. 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.
  • Never download any software suggested by caller.
  • Do not rush into complying to the scammers demands/requests.
  • Friends, family, carers and neighbours are asked to spread the word to ensure everyone is aware of this scam and what they should do.

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