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Warning issued after seven people in Norfolk targeted by telephone scammers posing as police officers

18:11 24 February 2014

Police were called to Ormesby St Margaret.

Police were called to Ormesby St Margaret.

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Police have issued a warning for people not to fall for a con, after seven people in Norfolk were telephoned by scammers posing as police officers.

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On Sunday night, the people, all in or around Norwich, were called from con artists claiming to be police officers in London.

They were told there had been fraudulent use of their bank cards – in some cases the line then went dead and in others they were told to call back on another number and when they tried the line had not been cleared.

In no case were any card details given and no money was stolen.

Norfolk police issued the following advice:
 • 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.

Anyone who believes they have been a victim of fraud should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

People can also report a fraud to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk

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