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Bogus officer cons pensioner out of £10,000 of jewellery

Norfolk Police say an elderly woman has had gold and jewellery worth tens of thousands of pounds stolen Credit: PA

Norfolk Police say an elderly woman has had gold and jewellery worth tens of thousands of pounds stolen after receiving a call from a bogus policeman.

It happened in the Norwich area on Wednesday when the man claiming to be a detective sergeant told the woman he had intercepted some men who had her credit card details.

He told her to collect all her gold and jewellery which he later picked up.

Similar incidents have been reported throughout the county.

We’re urging members of the public, particularly the elderly who are primarily being targeted, to be vigilant to cold calls made on the telephone. 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. I would ask people with vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours to make sure they are aware of this type of scam.”

– Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Chris Burgess of Norwich CID

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 identification number and police force. 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.