Thieves posing as police to target vulnerable in Epping Forest

Phone scam fraudsters still at large

Phone scam fraudsters still at large

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter, covering Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone. Call me on 07768 507 739

At least £19,000 was stolen from vulnerable people in Epping Forest last month by thieves posing as police officers or bank staff.

A total of 640 households in Essex were contacted by criminals targeting the elderly with a cash card scam.

Thieves telephoned homes claiming to be police officers or from a bank in order to secure cards or account details and steal money.

A minimum of £350,000 has been stolen in the county since January last year.

Police say victims should not to be embarrassed about reporting the crime and are reminded families to let all elderly and vulnerable friends and family know officers will never ask for personal information over the phone.

Dective Sergeant Neil Hudson said: "These are despicable crimes being carried by thieves posing as police fraud officers, the very people they ought to be able to turn to and trust in exactly this sort of crime.

"Instead, they callously prey on the elderly and vulnerable and have no thought for how their victims might suffer from the loss of money that might have been saved over many years."

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9:57am Fri 21 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

A fool and his money is soon parted.
A fool and his money is soon parted. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

4:50pm Fri 21 Mar 14

myopinioncounts says...

I had a phone call claiming to be from my bank's fraud department. I rang off and dialled the number on the card to find it WAS a genuine call about a direct debit i set up online. I know that some scammers keep the line open so when the victim calls their bank they are actually talking to the scammers. One way to avoid this is to check there is a dialling tone and then phone a number you know, a friend or even the speaking clock. If the scammers are keeping the line open you will not reach the number you have dialled.
I had a phone call claiming to be from my bank's fraud department. I rang off and dialled the number on the card to find it WAS a genuine call about a direct debit i set up online. I know that some scammers keep the line open so when the victim calls their bank they are actually talking to the scammers. One way to avoid this is to check there is a dialling tone and then phone a number you know, a friend or even the speaking clock. If the scammers are keeping the line open you will not reach the number you have dialled. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 3

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