Cold caller scam warning by Suffolk Police
Police are warning residents to be wary of cold callers following an incident in Barrow.
On Tuesday, March 26, an elderly couple living in the village received a call from a man who stated he was a police officer.
He gave his name as Paul Meadows and said he was calling from Hammersmith Police Station. The caller said there were scammers using people’s credit cards to obtain money and he offered to help the victims to recover their money.
The caller suggested the couple go to their building society and withdraw an amount of cash, ask the cashier to put the money in an envelope and then said that someone from the Police Collection Service would collect the money from their home, using a code word of 'Archie'.
Sometime later – possibly Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning, a male arrived, quoted the code word and the cash was handed over.
A couple of days later the couple were contacted again and another large sum of cash was requested to be withdrawn.
The couple withdrew the cash and were also talked into handing over jewellery.
The cash and jewellery was then collected by the original male. No vehicles were seen.
The male is described as a small Asian male, 20 to 25 years of age, wearing a dark jacket and was well groomed in appearance and had thick dark eyebrows and possibly a small beard.
The police advise that:
No one should give out personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force.
Hang up and call 101 using a different phone. If you can’t use a different phone, wait at least five minutes before calling back. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check.
Police and banks will never ask you to give out personal details such as account numbers or PIN numbers.
Banks, government departments or any other legitimate body, will never make phone calls, use text messages or email to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty and will never ask for a payment in this way.
Resident should put the phone down on these callers and no money/ vouchers/bank details should ever be handed over as these are scam calls.
For advice on keeping yourself safe against scams, go to www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z