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Felixstowe – Appeal following an attempted fraud

Police are appealing for witnesses or information following an attempted fraud in Felixstowe.

The incident took place at around 10am on Tuesday 30 June when two men tried to convince an elderly woman in Yeoman Road, Felixstowe to hand over £7,000.

The offenders knocked on the woman’s door and offered to fix her roof, which they claimed had a hole in it. They requested £7,000 in cash to carry out the repair, driving the victim to the TSB bank in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe.

Staff at the bank became suspicious when the victim made the request and called police at around 12.25pm. Officers attended but the men had left the area.

The men are described as white, of medium height and build, with short hair. They were driving a white van.

Police are urging people to be cautious before parting with their money or personal information, and to warn elderly relatives and neighbours about cold callers and rogue traders.

Further advice can be seen at the bottom of this article.

Anyone with any information, including dash cam footage from Hamilton Road or Yeoman Road areas in Felixstowe around the time of the incident should contact Suffolk police, quoting crime reference number 37/36477/20, via:

Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

Email – [email protected]

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Phone – Call 101

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

Advice: 

Only accept help from people you know and / or trust. Never deal with unexpected cold callers

You do not have to agree to anything you don’t feel comfortable with

Check the person calling at your door has valid identification, even if they are dressed in uniform

Banks will not ask for your personal security details

Do not trust anyone asking for money transfers or cash over the phone

 

Further advice can be found on our website:

https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/coldcallers1.pdf

https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/fraudprevention1.pdf

 

Notes to Editor:
Detailed counter fraud advice is available online, including from

https://www.cifas.org.uk

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-might-be-a-scam/

Reporting to Action Fraud can be done online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

To report offers of financial assistance from HMRC contact [email protected].