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Dymchurch resident targeted by fraudsters posing as police as Kent Police launch investigation

By Matt Leclere

A pensioner was targeted by fraudsters posing as police officers and tried to con him out of money.

The man in his 70s was reportedly approached by a man claiming to be an officer who knocked on his front door in Dymchurch.

The 'officer' claimed there was an investigation into rogue traders who had carried out work on his driveway and the man could receive a £3,000 refund.

The men claim to be from the RSPCA. Stock image.
The men claim to be from the RSPCA. Stock image.

He was also told he may be called as a witness as part of the investigation during the incident on Tuesday.

A fake phonecall explaining the refund followed shortly after the initial knock on the door saying the traders had been convicted.

But in order to get his refund back, the victim was told he needed to pay outstanding VAT and an officer would collect the payment.

At this point, the victim informed his son about the incident and it was reported to police before any money was handed over.

Kent Police is reminding people to beware of bogus callers
Kent Police is reminding people to beware of bogus callers

Det Sgt Marc Cananur said: "The victim in this case did completely the right thing when he told his son what had happened.

"We are keen to ensure people know how to spot the signs of a fraudulent visit or phone call so their finances are not put at risk.

"I would encourage friends and family members to pass on fraud prevention advice to help protect residents who may not be aware of this type of scam."

Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are now investigating the report.

Police have also issued reminders about how to protect against courier fraud.

This includes:

  • The police or your bank will never send a courier to your home to collect your bank card or other items and will never ask for cash, valuables, or your PIN.
  • If you receive one of these calls end it immediately without providing information.
  • If you wish to call your bank use a number known to you, not one provided by the caller. Call from another phone, or call a friend first to ensure the offenders have been disconnected from your line.
  • If you’ve handed over any personal bank details to the fraudster, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately.

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