Police warn of new scam following bogus calls about contaminated water supply

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
4.28 PM

Police are warning of a new scam after two separate Lowestoft residents were contacted by a man claiming to work for a water company.

Officers were contacted by the residents between 9.30 and 10.30pm on Monday night reporting they had taken a call from a man who claimed there was lead in their water supply, it was contaminated and they shouldn’t use it.

In the first call, the lady resident said she hadn’t heard about any contamination in the media and the man told her that he didn’t want to alarm anyone. He said someone would be coming round to see her but in the meantime told her not to drink or wash with it.

The woman said she didn’t want anyone to come round and finished the call.

In the second call, the male resident was told about the lead and then quizzed about his medical history before the caller said he would need medical help and it was on its way.

Both residents were highly sceptical about the claims and contacted Essex and Suffolk Water who confirmed there was no problem with the supply. Police were then alerted.

Both residents also dialled 1471 and obtained a mobile phone number. Police phoned the number but the person hung up when questions were asked. Enquiries are continuing.

A police spokesman said: “Officers are again urging residents to be alert and cautious when dealing with any unknown callers. Never give out personal information and if you suspect it may be a hoax, hang up and check with the company or organisation concerned, using a number on a bill or in the phone book, as these alert residents did.”