Chelmsford pensioner conned in fraud attack by man claiming to be police officer

Police are investigating. Picture: ARCHANT

Police are investigating. Picture: ARCHANT

Police in Essex are investigating a reported fraud in which a pensioner was conned out of money by someone claiming to be a police officer.

A man in his 70s from Chelmsford was contacted at around 4.30pm on November 14 by an unknown man who claimed to be a police officer.

The suspect encouraged the victim to go to his bank and put his savings into his current account.

The victim then went to a jewellers in Moulsham Street to buy a luxury watch.

An Essex Police spokesman said the suspect was on the phone with the victim throughout the jewellers visit.

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Staff at the jewellers questioned the victim on the purchase, and after recognising it as an attempted fraud they contacted police.

It has not been disclosed how much money the man was conned out of.

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Investigating officers are asking anyone with information or who witnessed anything suspicious to contact them on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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