Bogus police officers target elderly in Chigwell and across Epping Forest

Police are warning people not to be caught by bogus officers after a flurry of reports of a fraudster posing as an officer for money.

A Chigwell woman in her 80s told police on Tuesday morning that a man claiming to be a Detective Chief Inspector Charlston had called her home and asked for her bank details, telling her she had been a victim of fraud.

He then said he needed to see her bank cards and would send a courier to collect them. A man later turned up and took the woman’s cards, which can be used to access her savings.

It is not yet known how much was taken.

There were reports of two similar incidents on Monday, when a man giving the fake name Sergeant James Hackett called at least two people trying to get bank details.

Inspector Paul Wells said: "It is absolutely vital that people are on their guard if they receive a call of this kind.

“Genuine police officers will never ask for bank details over the telephone.

“It is possible that one man or a group of criminals working together is using different names and different stories to trick the elderly or vulnerable.”

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5:15pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

You know they must be bogus as they are on the street instead of the Station?
You know they must be bogus as they are on the street instead of the Station? Cornbeefur
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5:53pm Thu 7 Feb 13

SXH says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
You know they must be bogus as they are on the street instead of the Station?
Anti-police again, how can you expect the police to be on everyone's door step when there is not enough of them, as the government take them away. blame the government who do not feel safety within the community is important.

There are many groups alerting residents, apart from the police of bogus callers and scams, sorry to say many do not take advice and do there own thing,

I am sorry this has happened to this lady, and hope she gets the right support, as there are many criminals out there that will target the elderly.

Cornbeefur i hope you never require police help.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: You know they must be bogus as they are on the street instead of the Station?[/p][/quote]Anti-police again, how can you expect the police to be on everyone's door step when there is not enough of them, as the government take them away. blame the government who do not feel safety within the community is important. There are many groups alerting residents, apart from the police of bogus callers and scams, sorry to say many do not take advice and do there own thing, I am sorry this has happened to this lady, and hope she gets the right support, as there are many criminals out there that will target the elderly. Cornbeefur i hope you never require police help. SXH
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10:39pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Johnny Boy says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
You know they must be bogus as they are on the street instead of the Station?
Zzzzzzz!
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: You know they must be bogus as they are on the street instead of the Station?[/p][/quote]Zzzzzzz! Johnny Boy
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