Phone scams a problem in West Norfolk, constable says
West Norfolk is a hot-spot for online and phone fraud, the deputy chief constable of Norfolk police has said.
Such is the problem that it has been targeted as a priority in Operation Bodyguard, which the police are running in cooperation with dozens of volunteers in a preventative effort to stop vulnerable people being repeatedly victimised in their own homes.
Many of the phone calls conning people out of money come from crooks pretending to be police officers or from the HMRC and convincing those taking the calls to move money to bank accounts under the control of the criminals.
Deputy Chief Constable Paul Sanford said there was “a disproportionate amount of this type of fraud in West Norfolk”.
Mr Sanford said that most of the criminals operating these phone scams called from abroad and were difficult to trace which is why it was better to concentrate on preventative measures.
He said: “There is presumably some sort of market for the names of people who have fallen for these scams because they are often targeted more than once.
“We work closely with Age Concern and adult care services to identify those who may be at risk and talk to them and relatives to give them the information to allow them to recognise these people when they call.”