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Community alert

Elderly targeted by phone fraudsters posing as police

Residents are reminded to be on guard against telephone fraudsters who may be posing as police officers.

On 20 February 2018 Kent Police was made aware of separate incidents in the Sevenoaks district, concerning calls made to confuse potential victims into providing details of bank cards.

In West Kingsdown a woman in her 70s was contacted by someone claiming to be from the ‘serious fraud office’.

She was told hundreds of pounds had been stolen from her after her card was used illegally in shops. When the woman refused to provide any of her card details the man became angry and put phone down.

An elderly woman living in Weald, Sevenoaks was also targeted. She received a phone call from a man who announced himself as PC Danson.

He told her he was calling from Hammersmith police station and was making her aware that bank cards were going missing. When the woman told the officer she was going to ring the police station he hung up the phone. 

Be on guard

Inspector Michael Coltham said: ‘Unfortunately those who are targeted are often the most vulnerable, such as elderly people or victims with learning difficulties. A police force will never ask a member of the public for their bank details, or money, over the phone.

'If you receive one of these calls end it immediately and wait at least five minutes before using your telephone in order to clear your line from the scammer.'

Further advice

Never hand over any money, or other items, to a courier after receiving this type of call

If you are not confident a person claiming to be a police officer is genuine, ask to take their details and then end the call. Wait for at least five minutes for the call to clear and then contact 101, or 999 in an emergency. A call handler will be able to verify whether your caller was genuine

Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. You can also report suspicious activity online by visiting:

The matter can also be reported to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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