Trickster poses as police officer to con bank details

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A TRICKSTER has been conning people out of their bank details by posing as an Essex police officer.
 

The man calls people at random and tells them their bank details have been found in possession of people who have been arrested.
 

The man claims to be an officer called Sgt James Hackett and tells people to call him back on the non-emergency 101 number.
 

But, victims have been fooled into thinking they are calling the non-emergency number and one person from Epping Forest was tricked into handing over their bank details.
 

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5:07pm Mon 4 Feb 13

andy:) says...

Don't understand the last two paragraphs !.

is it one of these phone cons where they don't really call 101 they just end up on the same line and speaking to the same person ?

Andy
Don't understand the last two paragraphs !. is it one of these phone cons where they don't really call 101 they just end up on the same line and speaking to the same person ? Andy andy:)
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6:51pm Mon 4 Feb 13

xenophobia says...

Yea cause 101 is the none emergency number? So they would be right to call this number.
Yea cause 101 is the none emergency number? So they would be right to call this number. xenophobia
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6:57pm Mon 4 Feb 13

supermadmax says...

Very badly explained with lack of detail - typical echo.
Very badly explained with lack of detail - typical echo. supermadmax
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9:42pm Mon 4 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

andy:) wrote:
Don't understand the last two paragraphs !.

is it one of these phone cons where they don't really call 101 they just end up on the same line and speaking to the same person ?

Andy
If Sgt Hackett don't hang up the line will still be open....so 9 times out of 10 the person getting scammed will put the phone down and dial 101 right away...then Sgt Hackett will 'answer' the call(as he is still on the end of the blower)...thus giving the people getting scammed a false feeling of it being genuine, then handing over the details.

and Sgt James Hackett just don't feel like a real Police name..well for me anyway.
[quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: Don't understand the last two paragraphs !. is it one of these phone cons where they don't really call 101 they just end up on the same line and speaking to the same person ? Andy[/p][/quote]If Sgt Hackett don't hang up the line will still be open....so 9 times out of 10 the person getting scammed will put the phone down and dial 101 right away...then Sgt Hackett will 'answer' the call(as he is still on the end of the blower)...thus giving the people getting scammed a false feeling of it being genuine, then handing over the details. and Sgt James Hackett just don't feel like a real Police name..well for me anyway. DogsMessInLeigh
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11:18am Tue 5 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
andy:) wrote:
Don't understand the last two paragraphs !.

is it one of these phone cons where they don't really call 101 they just end up on the same line and speaking to the same person ?

Andy
If Sgt Hackett don't hang up the line will still be open....so 9 times out of 10 the person getting scammed will put the phone down and dial 101 right away...then Sgt Hackett will 'answer' the call(as he is still on the end of the blower)...thus giving the people getting scammed a false feeling of it being genuine, then handing over the details.

and Sgt James Hackett just don't feel like a real Police name..well for me anyway.
wasn't he the PM in Yes Minister?
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: Don't understand the last two paragraphs !. is it one of these phone cons where they don't really call 101 they just end up on the same line and speaking to the same person ? Andy[/p][/quote]If Sgt Hackett don't hang up the line will still be open....so 9 times out of 10 the person getting scammed will put the phone down and dial 101 right away...then Sgt Hackett will 'answer' the call(as he is still on the end of the blower)...thus giving the people getting scammed a false feeling of it being genuine, then handing over the details. and Sgt James Hackett just don't feel like a real Police name..well for me anyway.[/p][/quote]wasn't he the PM in Yes Minister? Cosmo Spring
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12:07pm Tue 5 Feb 13

supermadmax says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
andy:) wrote:
Don't understand the last two paragraphs !.

is it one of these phone cons where they don't really call 101 they just end up on the same line and speaking to the same person ?

Andy
If Sgt Hackett don't hang up the line will still be open....so 9 times out of 10 the person getting scammed will put the phone down and dial 101 right away...then Sgt Hackett will 'answer' the call(as he is still on the end of the blower)...thus giving the people getting scammed a false feeling of it being genuine, then handing over the details.

and Sgt James Hackett just don't feel like a real Police name..well for me anyway.
I never knew that, very interesting.

This is why I like site, the reporting may leave a lot if be desired but you can learn a lot from the comments.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: Don't understand the last two paragraphs !. is it one of these phone cons where they don't really call 101 they just end up on the same line and speaking to the same person ? Andy[/p][/quote]If Sgt Hackett don't hang up the line will still be open....so 9 times out of 10 the person getting scammed will put the phone down and dial 101 right away...then Sgt Hackett will 'answer' the call(as he is still on the end of the blower)...thus giving the people getting scammed a false feeling of it being genuine, then handing over the details. and Sgt James Hackett just don't feel like a real Police name..well for me anyway.[/p][/quote]I never knew that, very interesting. This is why I like site, the reporting may leave a lot if be desired but you can learn a lot from the comments. supermadmax
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12:57pm Tue 5 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

And whats more a detective might well do the investigating in a fraud case and not just a uniformed 'Sgt'....so maybe a DS James Hackett..or more than likely a DC James Hackett would have more suited the roll.
And whats more a detective might well do the investigating in a fraud case and not just a uniformed 'Sgt'....so maybe a DS James Hackett..or more than likely a DC James Hackett would have more suited the roll. DogsMessInLeigh
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