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Police warning to householders in Beccles following new parcel scam

12:05 23 April 2014

Police are urging householders to be alert following two reports of a new scam where residents have been asked to take in parcels.

Police are urging householders to be alert following two reports of a new scam where residents have been asked to take in parcels.

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Police are urging householders in the Beccles area to be alert following two reports of a new scam where residents have been asked to take in parcels.

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In both cases older residents received a visit from a man who told them he had put their address down in error when asking for an item to be delivered and would they help by signing for it.

The resident in each case agreed to accept and sign for the parcel.

A few days later the parcel arrived and was then collected.

However it appears that the items delivered were laptop computers that had been sold online by private sellers – and the buyer then requested a refund claiming the items had not arrived.

This means the private seller lost both the laptop computer and the money.

Police are investigating the incident and are keen to trace a man described as white with a tanned complexion, in his late teens to early 20s, of average build, around 5ft 3ins tall, with shoulder length dark straggly hair.

Officers are also urging residents to contact them if they are approached in a similar way and to be careful when accepting items on behalf of someone else, unless they are a friend or neighbour.

If you have any information about the man or the incident call the Beccles and Bungay Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, quoting reference BE/14/384.

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