Police are urging residents to vigilant to fraudsters claiming to be police officers following two incidents in Needham Market reported on Saturday 11 July.
In the first incident police received a call at about 1.45pm of a report of a male being defrauded out of a four-figure sum of money by a man claiming to be a police officer.
The man, thought to be aged in his 50s, was persuaded by the offender to go to an ATM to withdraw the cash which he did.
The suspect was described as black, about five foot, eight inches tall, wearing a high visibility jacket and aged between 30 and 40 years old.
The second incident, also relating to a victim in Needham Market, saw a member of staff from a bank report to police that a woman in her 90s had been defrauded out of money. In this case two males, claiming to be from the police, had called at her door at about 12.35pm Saturday 11th July, asking for her bank PIN number, bank card and date of birth. Later the same afternoon, it was established that a four figure sum had been withdrawn from the woman’s account.
Anyone who has knowledge of who the offenders were or has also experienced similar suspicious activity should contact Suffolk police, quoting CAD 202 or CAD 223 of 11 July 2020.
Genuine police officers or staff would never approach residents and ask for cash withdrawals to be made or for people to purchase items on their behalf.
Police would ask people with vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours to make sure they are aware of this type of scam.
Officers have this advice:
- Never give out personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
- If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their photo identification, officer number and police force. If they phone, hang up and call 101 using a different phone. If you can’t use a different phone, wait at least five minutes before calling back. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check.
- Police and banks will never ask you to give out personal details such as account numbers or PIN numbers.
- If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
- Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.
Anyone with concerns about such calls should contact Suffolk Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.