Fraudsters posing as police officers target elderly couple


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Police have renewed a warning over fraudsters posing as police officers after an elderly couple were targeted in Isleham.

In the latest incident in a recent spate, a couple in their 80s were targeted on Wednesday (October 1).

They were called by a man claiming to be a police officer from Hammersmith who said someone had been found with their bank card and there was a scam going on at their bank.

He asked them to hand over a substantial amount of cash to a courier who came to their home.

Police were not called until the following day when the couple’s daughter realised they had been victims of a crime.

Detective Inspector Jamie Stenton said: “We are working hard to find out who committed this appalling crime on a vulnerable couple but we’re also keen to prevent any further people becoming a victim.

“I would urge everyone to consider speaking to any elderly or vulnerable relatives or neighbours and remind them not to trust anyone over the phone, without checking their legitimacy first.

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“They should also never give any bank cards, cash or valuables to anyone at the door, even if they say they are from your bank or the police.

“The fraudsters can be very persuasive and often victims don’t realise they have been scammed.

“We have taken action against these fraudsters and this is the first such crime we’ve had since the end of July but we would like the public to help us prevent further offences.”

To report an incident in action always call 999, if it is after the event call Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.