Scam warning after fraudsters target elderly woman

Beware for scam letters and calls

Police in Ipswich are warning older people to be particularly vigilant when it comes to scams after a woman in her 90s was targeted by fraudsters.

The victim almost lost £7,000 of savings when she got a call from someone pretending to be from her bank.

Residents should remember the following:

  • 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.