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Fresh warning over conmen callers

PUBLISHED: 10:46 15 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

FRESH warnings have been issued to elderly people in Felixstowe after a bogus caller gained access to a woman's home.

FRESH warnings have been issued to elderly people in Felixstowe after a bogus caller gained access to a woman's home.

The resort – like other parts of Suffolk – has suffered a spate of conmen crimes this year with smooth-talking fake officials tricking their way into properties.

Thousands of pounds have been stolen altogether in the incidents, but in the latest one in west Felixstowe the man got nothing.

Police said the man called at the home of a woman in her 80s at 11.20am and gained access by claiming there had been a gas explosion and that he needed to check the supply.

Fortunately the woman soon became suspicious and ordered him out of the property before he could steal anything.

The man is described as white, about 20 years old, medium build, with short dark hair, and about 5ft 6in tall.

He had a pale complexion and was wearing a white shirt, dark-coloured tie and dark trousers. He had a Scottish or Irish accent.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen anyone in the west area of Felixstowe – they are not releasing the exact address – to contact Dc Claire Humphreys at Felixstowe CID on 01473 383300.

They have also renewed pleas for elderly people never to let strangers into their homes without checking their ID first.

Residents should initially close the door and make a phone call to the utility concerned by using the number in the phone book. If they suspect they have been targeted by a bogus caller, they should alert police using 999 if necessary.

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