Ipswich: Woman in her 80s conned out of more than £6,000 in fake police scam

A woman has been conned out of more than £6,000 in a fake police scam A woman has been conned out of more than £6,000 in a fake police scam

Friday, December 13, 2013
1:13 PM

Police are reminding people to be vigilant and aware of potential scams after an elderly woman was conned out of more than £6,000.

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The woman, who is in her 80s and lives in west Ipswich, was contacted over the phone at about 3pm on Monday by a man purporting to be an officer from Essex Police.

The caller explained to the woman that she had been a victim of a scam where someone had taken £6,500 from her bank account.

They stated that police had refunded this to her account, but she was asked to withdraw the same amount to reimburse Essex Police. The man stated that this would be collected later by another man. As a reward for her troubles at a later date she would be given £2,000.

The woman visited her bank and was able to withdraw £6,500.

A man, who appeared to be a taxi driver, called at the property later that afternoon. The woman handed over the money plus, another £120 to the man as a courier fee.

Shortly before 6pm the man called again to confirm he had received the money and an officer would call round tomorrow to get a statement from her and give her the reward.

This woman has been a victim of a scam and the caller made up an elaborate story to con the woman out of money.

Enquiries have been made at Essex Police and The Metropolitan Police Service where similar scams have been reported.

Last week a 70-year-old man, also from west Ipswich, was conned out of £2,000 in a similar scam.

Police advice is to never give anyone your PIN or bank card – the police and banks will never ask for them or ask for people to withdraw money from their accounts.

If you have been a victim call police on 101 or 999 if you are vulnerable and need police assistance.

13 comments

  • If the bank had a simple b it of security in place, such as asking elderly people of this age why they need to withdraw such a large amount of cash , this would not happen

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    MIGUEL100

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Beer lover, that is a cruel comment, do you not know any elderly people? The elderly are not only very trusting but some get very confused and some do not have younger family members to forewarn them of unscrupulous individuals. I agree with some other comments, re: the bank not enquiring into the amount of cash being withdrawn, had they have asked I'm sure alarm bells would've rung.

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    L S

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • And what did the Bank do when she asked for £6500 in cash ? Shows that they are not interested in their customers , but we know that , don't we !

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • poppys dad c smith will be asking how you know.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Another point, how did the 'scammer' know this lady actually had £6,500 in her bank account? They must have had information from somewhere, unless they 'work' on a 'hit or miss' basis.

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    rustic

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • poppys dad , c smith will ask you how you know.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • my comment is still in the wings.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • How can anybody be stupid enough to fall for such an obvious scam?

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    beerlover

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Despicable, that poor lady, how low will people stoop to steal others hard earned money.

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    C Smith

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • The banks are intrusive enough already, alawys asking what I am doing with MY money. Perhaps having a limit on cash withdrawls agreed when the account is created would be a good idea. Of course the elderly person having someone (familyfriends) to discuss it with first would be much better.

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    On Two Wheels

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • If the banks started to question people on what they wanted to withdraw their money for you can bet the complaints about invasion of privacy etc would soon start flying! It is not the banks to blame here but the low lifes who prey on vulnerable people as easy targets.

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    MZH

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

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