Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Essex Police issue warning over bogus police officers

RECENTLY fraudsters have targeted victims by phone, purporting to be police officers in a number of various scams.

Methods include:

The victims being asked to give bank/card details.

The victims being asked to leave their bank cards/cash under their front door mat for ‘police’ to collect.


• Police or bank officials would never call you by telephone you

and ask for your full bank details or ask you to withdraw large

sums of cash.

• If you think you have been a victim, call police from a different

number. The scam works by the victim thinking they have put the

phone down to make another call to the bank, but the fraudsters are

still on the line.

• If you don’t have another phone, use a neighbour’s, or wait five

minutes before dialling 101 or 999 (if urgent).

In person, genuine Police Officers will always be in possession of their warrant card, with their details, which you can check by phoning 101.

Please contact any elderly relatives and friends to warn them of

this scam.

If you have any further information please contact Essex

Police on the 101 non-emergency number.

You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers

by calling 0800 555 111 or online at


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