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Maidstone residents alert over scam in Maidstone involving bogus Metropolitan Police officers

Contributed by editor on Sep 15, 2019 - 01:05 PM

 

Residents are reminded to be vigilant over doorstep callers following a potential scam in Maidstone involving bogus police officers.



During the evening of Sunday 8 September 2019 two men knocked at the door of a pensioner living in Heathfield Avenue, Penenden Heath, claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police.

They told the woman they were checking for counterfeit £20 bank notes as there a number of fakes in circulation and she was instructed to show any notes she had. The men eventually left empty handed, warning the woman not to tell her neighbours they had visited.

Inspector Nick Hatcher of the Maidstone Community Safety Unit said: ‘Whilst thankfully no money was stolen on this occasion, incidents such as these cause deep distress and anxiety to victims. It is likely these were opportunistic fraudsters, the likes of which often target the most vulnerable members of our society, in particular the elderly.

‘If a person knocks on your door and claims to be a police officer, do not allow them into your home if you do not think they are genuine. Instead, take their details and contact 101 or 999. A genuine police officer will not mind calling back or visiting at a later date when you have had a chance to verify who they are.’

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 09-0566, or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. If you have information and would prefer to remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at www.Crimestoppers-uk.org

 

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