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Police urge residents to be vigilant after cold caller claiming to be police officer targets elderly Thetford woman

Police are urging residents to be vigilant to cold callers claiming to be police officers following an incident in Thetford this week.

On Tuesday, November 27 an elderly woman in the town received a call on from someone claiming to be ‘DI Adams from Reading police station' informing her that her nephew was in custody and there were some issues surrounding her bank account.

The man then said she needed to withdraw a large sum of money from her bank.

Police. Stock picture.
Police. Stock picture.

They also arranged for someone to collect a quantity of cash from her property while she was still on the phone.

Detective Constable James Morgan, from Thetford CID, urged residents to be vigilant to the scam.

He said: "We're urging members of the public, particularly the elderly who are primarily being targeted, to be vigilant to cold calls made on the telephone.

"Genuine police officers or staff would never approach residents and ask for cash withdrawals to be made or for people to purchase items on their behalf.

"I would ask people with vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours to make sure they are aware of this type of scam.”

Anyone with concerns about such calls should contact Norfolk Police on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.

Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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