Four arrests in North London in connection with scam phone calls across eastern counties

17:02 29 May 2014

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Four men were arrested in raids across North London as part of a region-wide crackdown on scam phone calls.

The warrants were executed yesterday and led by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit’s (ERSOU) phone scam taskforce and targeted those believed to be involved in phone scams in Norfolk and Suffolk.

ERSOU officers, supported by staff from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, executed warrants at five addresses. The team was also supported by the Metropolitan Police Service.

An 18-year-old man, a 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old man from London were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation.

A 23-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of theft.

All the men arrested have been bailed until Thursday, July 10. Money and electronic devices were seized from the addresses searched by officers.

ERSOU Det Chief Insp Jon Gilbert said: “These latest warrants carried out yesterday show how we are committed in ensuring the region is a hostile place for anyone involved in phone scams and organised crime.

“We will continue to pursue those believed to be involved in this type of crime and make arrests; however the public should still be aware of the scam operating across the region.

“The elderly and vulnerable do tend to be targeted and so we’d urge people to share the following advice with their relatives, friends and neighbours.

“If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact police via the non-emergency number, 101.

“Remember to use a mobile phone or a friend’s phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren’t reconnected to the offender.”

ERSOU was established in 2010 to deliver an increased response to tackling the threat of organised crime across the region’s six police forces.

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