Conmen posing as cops steal £12,000 from elderly

Southend Standard: Elderly people from Canvey, Leigh and Westcliff were robbed of £12,000 by conmen posing as Met officers Elderly people from Canvey, Leigh and Westcliff were robbed of £12,000 by conmen posing as Met officers

CONMEN posing as cops have claimed more than £12,000 from vulnerable south Essex residents in a countywide scam.

Three people in south Essex were targeted by the conmen in the fraud that has been rife across Essex since the start of 2013.

A Canvey man in his eighties lost £5,000 on Wednesday, January 15, a Leigh man in his nineties was tricked out of the same amount on Tuesday, January 21 and a Westcliff woman in her seventies had £2,000 stolen on Thursday.

In all three cases the victims received telephone calls from men who claimed to be Metropolitan Police officers investigating bank account fraud.

The victims were asked to give their bank cards or cash to be used for forensic evidence and they were later collected by couriers using local cab firms.

Det Sgt Neil Hudson said: “Some elderly people are still being tricked by these despicable thieves, so it is important everyone is always on guard against any telephone callers claiming to be from the police or a bank and asking you to send them money.

“If this happens, put the phone down, wait a few minutes until you get a dialling tone and call Essex Police to report it.”

Since Wednesday, January 1, thieves have made 21 attempts to steal from elderly people across Essex and all but three realised the telephone calls they received were scams.

More than 550 thefts and attempted thefts have been reported in Essex since January 2013 and more than 80 people in Essex have been tricked out of money.

More than £286,000 has been stolen in total, with six people arrested.

Det Sgt Hudson added: “It is important anyone who is called by these fraudsters let’s us know so we can investigate and establish which different stories are being used by the thieves, and to see how they are targeting different areas.”

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7:12pm Mon 27 Jan 14

I hate the pigs says...

'If this happens, put the phone down, and wait a few minutes until you get a dialling tone, then call the police'

You don't need to wait a few minutes to get a dialling tone. You get it as soon as you put the phone down. Are Essex police really that thick?
'If this happens, put the phone down, and wait a few minutes until you get a dialling tone, then call the police' You don't need to wait a few minutes to get a dialling tone. You get it as soon as you put the phone down. Are Essex police really that thick? I hate the pigs
  • Score: -2

7:37pm Mon 27 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

Some tricksters are able to stay on the line. use another phone.
Some tricksters are able to stay on the line. use another phone. jolllyboy
  • Score: 3

7:57pm Mon 27 Jan 14

the25man says...

I hate the pigs wrote:
'If this happens, put the phone down, and wait a few minutes until you get a dialling tone, then call the police'

You don't need to wait a few minutes to get a dialling tone. You get it as soon as you put the phone down. Are Essex police really that thick?
Don't you know the full scam is where they suggest you check and ring your Local Police but they stay on the line so when you think you are ringing the local police they repy to you giving you the impression they are the local police.
So the Police are not that thick as they say wait for the dialling tone. So whos the thick one
[quote][p][bold]I hate the pigs[/bold] wrote: 'If this happens, put the phone down, and wait a few minutes until you get a dialling tone, then call the police' You don't need to wait a few minutes to get a dialling tone. You get it as soon as you put the phone down. Are Essex police really that thick?[/p][/quote]Don't you know the full scam is where they suggest you check and ring your Local Police but they stay on the line so when you think you are ringing the local police they repy to you giving you the impression they are the local police. So the Police are not that thick as they say wait for the dialling tone. So whos the thick one the25man
  • Score: 8

10:25pm Mon 27 Jan 14

LancasterLass says...

My heart goes out to these pensioners, BUT when will they ever learn.
My heart goes out to these pensioners, BUT when will they ever learn. LancasterLass
  • Score: 1

1:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

LancasterLass wrote:
My heart goes out to these pensioners, BUT when will they ever learn.
some of these victims are in the 80's to 90's bracket, so difficult to judge their faculties... only the one's taken in make a story so probably fair to say these are the one's that will never learn....... scamming is like fishing.... throw in enough lines and something will bite, eventually....
[quote][p][bold]LancasterLass[/bold] wrote: My heart goes out to these pensioners, BUT when will they ever learn.[/p][/quote]some of these victims are in the 80's to 90's bracket, so difficult to judge their faculties... only the one's taken in make a story so probably fair to say these are the one's that will never learn....... scamming is like fishing.... throw in enough lines and something will bite, eventually.... pembury53
  • Score: 1

4:26pm Tue 28 Jan 14

w-jback says...

I Would like to know more about the cab firms involvement? It can't be usual in their line of business to go and pick envelopes up from old people can it?
I Would like to know more about the cab firms involvement? It can't be usual in their line of business to go and pick envelopes up from old people can it? w-jback
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