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Warning after telephone scams

Friday, 27th November 2015.

Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after people in Suffolk were telephoned by scammers over the last week.

On Thursday 19 November a resident in Hadleigh has received a phone call from offenders claiming to be police officers in London. They were told that there had been fraudulent use of their bank cards and that they had to withdraw large sums of money from their bank account. The offenders have then asked that the money be taken to London and have arranged for a courier to collect the money from the residents address. The resident was given a password of "parcel for Warren” to give to the courier. Unfortunately, on this occasion the money has been handed over.

In addition to this, on Wednesday 26 November 2015 a person in Ipswich and two further people in Polstead Heath and Hadleigh received phone calls from offenders also claiming to be police officers in London however on these occasions, no card details were given and no money was handed over..

Residents should remember the following:

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

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