Bogus police officer targets three Haverhill residents

Two teenagers were approached by a man in a car who asked them to get in
Two teenagers were approached by a man in a car who asked them to get in

Three people in Haverhill have been called by bogus police officers, claiming to be investigating fraudulent activity on their bank accounts.

In all three incidents a man, claiming to be a police officer based in Hammersmith, called the individuals saying their bank had been cloned and he required further information from them.

The people were advised if they were concerned and wanted to seek clarification, they should hang up and dial 999 to check the details

Due to the increased publicity surrounding scams such as these, in all three incidents the people hung up, waited for their line to clear and called Suffolk Police to report the incident.

Community Safety Manager for Suffolk Police Alan Osborne said: “Fraudsters will try every way possible to scam money out of people.

“This particular type of scam appears to be circulating far and wide and we are pleased in these incidents that the people who were called believed this was a potential scam and didn’t take it any further.

“The caller sounds very plausible, stating he is a police officer and if the person needs to seek clarification they are given a number to call or asked to call 999. The caller will then leave the telephone line open, so when the person calls back they are in fact ringing the fraudster back.

“The police or banks will never ask for people’s bank account details over the phone and should anyone receive this type of call they should hang up immediately.

“We are working with banks, building societies and taxi or courier companies to raise awareness of this particular scam but we are keen to stress to those people who have elderly family members or neighbours to keep spreading the word and talk to them about this type of crime.

Police are issuing the following advice:

· 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.

· The police will never call you and ask you to withdraw money from your account to give to a courier or taxi driver, regardless of how convincing they may seem.

· 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’s of neighbour’s telephone instead.

· Friends, family, carers and neighbours are asked to spread the word to ensure everyone is aware of this scam and what they should do.

If you have been a victim call police on 101 or 999 if you are vulnerable and need police assistance – and remember allow your landline to clear for at least five minutes before you call, or ideally use an alternative line.