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Elderly Ipswich woman scammed into emptying her bank accounts by criminals posing as Scotland Yard police

16:23 31 July 2015

Police issued this  e-fit of an individual they would like to trace after an elderly woman was scammed out of a large amount of money in Ipswich.

Police issued this e-fit of an individual they would like to trace after an elderly woman was scammed out of a large amount of money in Ipswich.

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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.

17 comments

  • @ZeeAlicia - but callcenter.com is a US site, not interested in UK problems. Perhaps you're American, in which case you might not realise this.

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    bedouin

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

  • Hi Bedouin, If you got scammed what might help you is your law enforcement. Though I'm not sure if got scammed over the phone and make a wire transfer it can do much. But you can received the kind of phone call, whether you fell for it or not, you can share the words to help more people aware of this. You can share it to some forum discussion or website like callercenter.com. Cause from what I see, there's not much the authorities to fight the scammers. The best way to fight them is to get as much people aware of scams.

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    Zee Alicia

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

  • @ZeeAlicia - I can't see that reporting calls to callercenter.com will help much. Isn't it an American website?

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    bedouin

    Monday, August 3, 2015

  • I'm so sorry for her loss. That man who scammed her is such a scumbag. How could he do that to the old lady? I believe we all agree that elderly are the most vulnerable ones over to this practice. Maybe the best thing we can do right now is to warn our family and friends about this. That it could happen to anyone and get them aware of this. If you happen to receive one of this call, file a complaint at https:callercenter.com and report it to you local authorities soon.

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    Zee Alicia

    Monday, August 3, 2015

  • Waspie's wife...bedouin..Have you thought she may have been from the generation who grew up in a different era, when the elderly weren't so vulnerable and had great respect and faith for authority. Maybe she is vulnerable with memory problems etc. No close family etc. Don't judge her, save your comments for the low life or lives who prey on the weak and vulnerable they know exist in our communities.

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    waspie

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

  • Leaving aside the farcical political correctness of the description, the papers, internet, magazines and local media have for years carried warnings about this sort of scam. Anyone who hasn't realised by now is perhaps unlikely ever to realise. As for believing that a Scotland Yard officer would ever ask her to leave the money under a vehicle on the street, words fail me!

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    bedouin

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

  • Banks couldn't care less and they have been slack for many years , they have thousands of spurious accounts that are used in crime but fail to do anything about it until put under serious pressure from a Crown court judge ! But try to pay £2-3000 into your bank account you've had for 25 years and see the grilling you get !

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    Poppys Dad

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

  • As a previous poster commented, the banks should surely at least have some kind of process in place where if an elderly or vulnerable person attempts to empty their account, there would be a series of questions that must be asked. It's that simple.

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    richie w

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

  • I'm sure I've seen him hanging around in the Norwich Road area. Or if it wasn't him, it was one of about a thousand just like him.

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    PC Plod

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

  • Waspie's wife..The article doesnt make it clear if this man is thought to be the only suspect responsible or there are others? Why has it taken so long to alert the public? We are into August now. Having had a parent with dementia, this is extremely concerning.

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    waspie

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

  • Terrible thing to happen and despicable person that carried the crime, he will get caught but I must question the banks part in this, it doesn't say how much was withdrawn but surely banks watch out for the older generation taking large sums of cash out, just a few questions would have discovered this was a scam and the police could have been alerted.

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    bonser

    Friday, July 31, 2015

  • A full and honest description of this criminal's appearance is obviously needed for police investigation purposes. The e-fit pic suggests he isn't one of us native English folk but a recent arrival. I hope he is caught and dealt with before he destroys other people's lives.

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    Steve Blake

    Friday, July 31, 2015

  • This happened June 11-13th! Almost 7 weeks to get an e-fit published

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    Mary Mary

    Friday, July 31, 2015

  • Waspie's wife..spike martin..Yes it is a despicable crime, that is why a full and proper description is vital. What is it. Is he heavily tanned, fake tanned IC3 or is it a rubbish colour print...what exactly. Got the dark hair bit.

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    waspie

    Friday, July 31, 2015

  • wearing a tracksuit ? . is it me or does this bloke look like 99% of the new comers to our town. good luck trying to catch him

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    Lee mundy

    Friday, July 31, 2015

  • You've missed a necessary bit of the description I think. Good job there's a picture.

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    waspie

    Friday, July 31, 2015

  • ippstar - "o looky another one of them" Ignoring your appalling grammar, you are concentrating on the wrong aspect of this terrible article. What happened to that woman is shocking and the sooner the people who carried out this crime are caught the better, but why do you (and sadly you are not alone) assume he is foreign? and why are you so concerned about his origin? I worry about this town, many people who live here have a small town outlook on life, so narrow-minded and provincial.

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    spike martin

    Friday, July 31, 2015

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