E-fit image of courier involved in telephone scams released by police

12:25 30 April 2014

An e-fit of the man believed to be a courier involved in Essex telephone scams

An e-fit of the man believed to be a courier involved in Essex telephone scams

Archant

Police in Essex have issued an e-fit of a man connected to a scam which has netted thieves more than £27,000.

Mainly elderly people have been contacted by scammers pretending to be officers from Essex or the Metropolitan Police who ask for their bank details.

The victims are told they need to withdraw a large amount of money for the ‘police’ to examine as evidence in a made-up investigation. A courier is then sent to pick up the cash.

The e-fit released today is of the courier involved in one scam carried out in Maldon on April 18, when £1,800 was stolen.

The man is thought to be about 25 years old and wore black clothing. Anyone who recognises him should call the Operation Seaford team at Essex Police on 101.

The force has also issued advice to the public to help protect them against further scam attempts.

They have reminded people they will never be called by police or bank officials for your full bank details and they would not ask you to withdraw large sums of cash.

If you think you have been a victim of a scam, or one is in progress, call the police from a different number. This is because the criminals often keep the line open by not hanging up so they can impersonate other people.

If you don not have another phone you should wait at least five minutes before calling the police, or alternatively use a neighbour’s phone.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Saffron Walden Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Saffron Walden Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Saffron Walden Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

17:46
Two cars were destroyed following the blaze in a communal car park in Shrublands, Saffron Walden.

Neighbours have reacted today to being woken by a stolen car going up in flames outside their homes.

11:36
Firefighters were called to a communal car park in Shrublands, Saffron Walden, where they discovered two cars ablaze. One was believed to have been stolen from Dunmow three days ago.

Firefighters attended a blaze in the early hours of this morning, after a car reported to be stolen was set alight at a car park in Saffron Walden.

20:29
Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport has committed to push for improvements to the A120 in Essex as part of its blueprint for the next 15 years.

18:22
Councillors and officers at last year's celebration marking the opening of the Dunmow Bypass.

Confusion surrounds when the correct signage will be placed on the long-awaited Dunmow bypass – with the latest claim that it might not be until the summer.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition today E-edition

Most read stories

Most commented stories