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Cold caller incident warning

Police have issued a warning for residents to be vigilant to cold callers claiming to be police officers following incidents in the Great Yarmouth area.

It comes after two incidents this week, on Tuesday and Wednesday (28/29) in which residents living in Gorleston and Winterton were targeted.

It involves suspects making cold telephone calls to vulnerable residents, claiming to be police officers and requesting they withdraw large sums of money before arranging to meet with officers.

In both cases the cold caller claiming to be a police officer told victims they were based at Hammersmith Police Station. Suspects managed to defraud the Gorleston victim of £8,000 which is now being investigated by police.

Similar incidents have been reported throughout the county earlier in the year and it has been known for suspects to request cash is posted or for residents to purchase high value goods, and to then meet the people purporting to be officers to hand over the goods.

Inspector Paul McCarthy urged for residents to be vigilant to this scam.

He said: “We’re urging members of the public, particularly the elderly who are primarily being targeted, to be vigilant to cold calls made on the telephone.

"Genuine police officers or staff would never approach residents and ask for cash withdrawals to be made or for people to purchase items on their behalf.

"I would ask people with vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours to make sure they are aware of this type of scam.”

Anyone with concerns about such calls should contact Norfolk Police on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.