Pensioners targeted by fraudsters

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Police have renewed a warning over fraudsters posing as police officers after an elderly Isleham couple were conned into handing over a large amount of cash.

The couple in their 80s were targeted on Wednesday when they were called by a man claiming to be a police officer from Hammersmith in London who said someone had been found with their bank card and there was a scam going on at their bank. He asked them to hand over a substantial amount of cash to a courier who came to their home.

Police were not called until the following day when the couple’s daughter realised they had been victims of a crime. Detective Inspector Jamie Stenton said: “We are working hard to find out who committed this appalling crime on a vulnerable couple but we’re also keen to prevent any further people becoming a victim.

“I would urge everyone to consider speaking to any elderly or vulnerable relatives or neighbours and remind them not to trust anyone over the phone,and never to give any bank cards, cash or valuables to anyone at the door, even if they say they are from your bank or the police.” Suffolk Police revealed that another Isleham resident and two from Gazeley had also been targeted but had realised the calls were bogus and hung up.