Bogus police officer targets Doncaster pensioner

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Police in Doncaster are warning people to be vigilant after an elderly man was targeted by a bogus caller pretending to be a police officer.

The 89-year-old man, from the Tickhill area, received a phone call from a man stating he was a police officer and asking for a sum of money. T

he man was conned into withdrawing a large sum of money and would have handed it over had he not been advised against it by a neighbour.

The incident was reported to South Yorkshire Police and Action Fraud - a national agency which takes reports of fraud cases - has been notified.

Detective Constable Rob Hunt said: “Individuals who impersonate police officers to con money from trusting, law-abiding people need to be reprimanded.

“We are aware of incidents where people have been contacted by callers purporting to be a police officer or a government officer investigating a fraud case.

“The caller asks the victim to withdraw a quantity of cash, give out their bank details and hand the money over to a courier who attends their home address.

“Fortunately, in this case, the gentleman spoke to his neighbour first and was prevented from becoming a victim of crime.

DC Hunt added: “If you have an elderly relative please do make sure that they are aware of bogus caller and to report anything suspicious to 101.

“Make sure that they know that if they have any concerns or doubts about an individual approaching their home, contacting them by phone or offering services, do not be afraid to question their validity.

“Ask for an identification card and if you need to, close your door and make a phone call to the company they say they work for to confirm their information.

“If someone contacts you by phone, never give out personal details, including bank details like a pin number or sort code.”

Please call police on 101 to report any suspicious behaviour. Alternatively, you can report crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.