Elderly Ipswich woman scammed into emptying her bank accounts by criminals posing as Scotland Yard police
PUBLISHED: 16:23 31 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:27 31 July 2015
An e-fit image of a man wanted after an elderly victim was conned into handing over a large sum of money has been released.
Suffolk Police advice
Your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN, bank card or bank account details over the phone – never give these details out
The police will never call you and ask you to withdraw money from your account to give to a courier or taxi driver, regardless of how convincing they may seem
If you receive such a call leave the landline for at least five minutes before making an outside call. Fraudsters will keep the line open and have been known to play ring tones, hold music and a recorded message down the phone so the victim believes they are making a call to a legitimate number
Use a friend or neighbour’s telephone instead
Friends, family, carers and neighbours are asked to spread the word to ensure everyone is aware of this scam and what they should do
If you have been a victim call police on 101 or 999 if you are vulnerable and need police assistance – and remember allow your landline to clear for at least five minutes before you call, or ideally use an alternative line.
Suffolk police would like to trace this man after an elderly woman was scammed out of a large amount of money in Ipswich.
On Thursday June 11, at around 1pm, an elderly woman in the Castle Hill area received a phone call at her home address from a man stating he was from Scotland Yard.
He said that there had been a fraudulent transaction on her bank account, so she needed to empty all of her accounts and forward the money to them.
The money would then be returned to her at a later stage, along with a reward for her co-operation.
Later that day, the elderly woman went into Ipswich and withdrew money from her accounts, transferring it to an account the caller had given her details of.
The man called the elderly woman back numerous times and she further withdrew a large amount of cash on Saturday June 13 and placed this in a bag, leaving it under a vehicle in Dale Hall Lane as instructed by the caller.
A man also called at her home address to collect another large amount of cash around 3pm the same day.
The man in the e-fit, who turned up at the address, is described as having dark coloured short hair, ‘short’ in height, aged in his mid to early thirties and was wearing a beige tracksuit.
If you recognise the man in the e-fit or have any information relating to this crime should contact DC Donna Whelan-Smith from Ipswich CID quoting IW/15/2417 on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.