Pensioners tricked by fraudster who pretended they were Essex Police officer

It happened on the evening of April 30
It happened on the evening of April 30 -Credit:Essex Police

Detectives are investigating an incident of fraud after two victims were tricked by a man pretending to be an Essex Police officer. Two victims in their 80s were called on April 30 by a suspect claiming to be an officer.

The individual claimed they had arrested several people in connection to cloned bank cards and that one reclaimed card had their details on it. The victims were told they needed to provide all their bank cards to a police courier who would visit their home that evening, and the courier should give a pin number to confirm their identity.

At around 7pm, the suspect - a black man in his late teens or early 20s, around 5ft 10in tall with a slim build and curly black hair - arrived at their address in Stanway, gave the pin number and collected their bank cards. He was then seen at the Esso garage in London Road at around 7.35pm using a cash machine.

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He was later seen at the Sainsbury’s in Tollgate at about 7.45pm, where he remained around the cash machines for a few minutes before using them and walking in the direction of the Sainsbury’s petrol station.

The suspect was wearing a dark blue coat with the hood up, black jogging bottoms and a black face covering. Police Constable Matthew Essam said: “Fraudsters like this are preying on the trust and confidence people have in organisations such as the police.

“Essex Police officers will never contact you to request your financial details or debit and credit cards. If you are ever in doubt about who is contacting you, hang up the phone and contact the organisation directly to make sure they are genuine.”

Now, officers are asking for anyone with doorbell or dashcam footage from this are around this time to come forward to help with this investigation. If you can help, please contact Essex Police quoting investigation number 42/68312/24.