Bogus police officer claimed dog ‘wasn’t receiving enough water’

Advice was issued on how to deal with cold callers after the incident in Ipswich. Picture: NICK BUTC

Advice was issued on how to deal with cold callers after the incident in Ipswich. Picture: NICK BUTCHER - Credit: Archant � 2009

Fresh warnings have been made for people to be alert to cold callers after reports of a bogus police officer making bizarre claims in Ipswich.

Ipswich West safer neighbourhood team (SNT) issued the advice to residents after an incident in Bramford Road in the town.

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said an elderly victim “received a call at the door from a man claiming to be police officer”.

The spokesman added: “The man explained he was there following reports that the home owner’s dog was not receiving enough water.

“The victim showed the man the dog and he left.


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“A second man is believed to have been sat in a small hatchback car outside the address.”

The incident took place at approximately 6.30pm on Sunday, February 24.

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The force encouraged people to visit its website for advice on how identify bogus callers.

They include asking people for proof of identity and always using a spy hole, chain or window to have a look at the caller before answering the door.

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