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Elderly couple conned out of £21,000 by fake policeman

Police warning after elderly couple targeted by scammers Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk police have warned the public to be vigilant after an elderly couple were repeatedly targeted by phone scammers.

A man posing as a police officer conned the Haughley couple out of £21,200 while claiming he was investigating fraud.

The offender phoned on Friday 6 October and instructed the woman to withdraw £7,800 from her bank account which was collected by a man later that day.

The next day the offender called again and instructed her to withdraw £13,200 which was again collected by the suspect later that day. He also collected £200 cash she already had in the house.

The couple were conned out of more than £21,000 by a man posing as a police officer. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The fraud only came to an end when the offender called the woman a third time on Monday 9 October and demanded she transfer money between her bank accounts.

When the victim attended a bank staff intervened and stopped the transaction. Following this the offender asked her to purchase two Rolex watches worth £18,000 which she refused to do.

The man who collected the money is described as being mixed race, in his late twenties or early thirties, skinny, who was wearing smart black trousers and a white shirt.

It is believed he travelled to the victim’s home by car and police are appealing for anybody who witnessed any suspicious vehicle or activity at the times above to contact Suffolk Police on 101.

Police warning after elderly couple targeted by scammers Credit: Frank May/DPA/PA Images

Suffolk police are urging the public to be vigilant and have issued the following advice:

  • Your bank or the police will never ask you to withdraw money or purchase items
  • 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
  • Friends, family, carers and neighbours are asked to spread the word to ensure everyone is aware of this scam and what they should do