Man claiming to be police sergeant scams elderly Norwich resident into handing over large amount of money

Picture John Stillwell/PA Wire.

Picture John Stillwell/PA Wire.

Police are urging people to remain vigilant after an elderly resident in Norwich was targeted by a banking scam with the caller claiming to be a police officer.

An unknown man, giving the fake name of ‘Sergeant Roy’, called the resident stating he was “a police officer from Watford Police Station and was investigating a large fraud investigation involving two Polish men.” He also referred to a ‘Superintendent West’.

The caller indicated the Polish men had taken a large amount of money from the victim’s bank account and then deposited counterfeit money back into it. He then asked the victim to attend a bank in Norwich to withdraw the large amount of money for ‘forensic evidence gathering’.

‘Sergeant Roy’ then told the victim a police courier would attend their address to collect the money.

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Chief Superintendent Mike Fawcett said: “Unfortunately on this occasion money was handed over. Please be aware that police or bank staff will never ask you to divulge your card pin number, the amount held in your account or for you to withdraw any money.

“If someone contacts you claiming to be a police officer and you have concerns about their authenticity - ask for their name, station and collar number. Tell them you need to confirm their identity and hang up. Then call 101 asking to be put through to that named officer.

“These offenders will target elderly and vulnerable people so please be mindful of friends and family who may be liable to this type of call and let them know the advice above.

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“If you receive such a call do not provide any security details, end the call and inform your local police on 101 or get in touch with Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.”

• More information on how to recognise and help protect yourself from fraud can be found on the Action Fraud website.

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