A pensioner was conned out of £5,000 by a bogus police officer on Friday (August 1).
The woman, of Wykeham Road, received a phone call in the afternoon from a man saying he was a police officer in Essex and that criminals were preparing to move £2,500 from her bank account.
She was advised to take the cash out of her bank immediately and a courier would be arranged to pick the money up at her home address.
The victim called a taxi to take her to her bank where she withdrew the money. When she returned home she was met by a man whom she described as black, who took the money from her.
Later the woman received a second phone call from the same ‘Essex police officer’ and was asked to go again to her bank and withdraw a further £2,500. Believing the ‘police officer’ was genuine, the lady did as she was instructed.
Two other attempts were made by fraudsters that afternoon to obtain money from innocent people, in Epsom Close and Gillsmans Park, St Leonards. Fortunately these two were foiled by the actions of the people they called as they both thought the call was suspicious. Both carried out checks of their own with Essex Police which confirmed this was a scam.
Detective Sergeant Paul Graham said: “I strongly advise anyone who receives an unexpected phone call of this nature to terminate the call and wait up to 10 minutes to ensure that their phone line is completely disconnected as the scammer may have kept the line open and call 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Operation Edisto.”