Police are reminding residents to be alert for telephone scams following reports that a number of residents have been contacted recently by a caller claiming to be a Metropolitan Police officer.
Fraudsters are typically stating that they have a suspect in custody that has a number of credits cards with their details on. The caller then asks the person on the telephone to confirm their credit card details over the phone.Residents should remember the following:
Your bank or the police will never ask you to withdraw money or purchase items.
Your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN, bank card or bank account details over the phone – never give these details out.
If you receive such a call leave the landline for at least five minutes to make an outside call. Fraudsters will keep the line open and have been known to play ring tones, hold music and a recorded message down the phone so the victim believes they are making a call to a legitimate number.
Use a friend or neighbour’s telephone instead.
Friends, family, carers and neighbours are asked to spread the word to ensure everyone is aware of this scam and what they should do.
HARM TO SHEEP
Police are warning farmers or smallholdings with livestock to be vigilant to suspicious activity as officers believe offenders, who slaughtered sheep on two previous occasions, may still be operating in Suffolk.
The first discovery was made on Saturday 23 December about 5pm in Sproughton by the owner who found the remains of one of the sheep by a stream. The carcass had been taken, leaving the remainder of the animal behind.
The second incident happened at some point between Wednesday 21 February and Thursday 22 February, when an unknown offender had cut the throats of three sheep that were grazing in a field situated off Berners Lane, near Chelmondiston, before removing the carcasses and leaving them in a small wooded area next to the field where two of three sheep were also left partially skinned.
Yesterday, Monday 9 April, officers recovered a bag close to a flock of sheep and believe the contents within may be linked to this type of illegal activity.
Anyone living in areas where sheep graze should report any out of the ordinary activity such as individuals handling livestock. Members of the public should also be mindful of being offered meat for sale in suspicious circumstances.
To report anything suspicious contact Suffolk police on 101.